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Forensic Psychiatry

Hon. Robert J. Matthews

in The Evolution of Forensic Psychiatry

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Published in print June 2015 | ISBN: 9780199393435
Published online July 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780190249694 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199393435.003.0025
Forensic Psychiatry

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This chapter reviews forensic psychiatry from the viewpoint of an attorney then elected judge. The material draws upon the work of the Honorable Robert J. Matthews, J.D. spanning various fields of law over several decades. Discussed is how forensic psychiatry actually led through interdisciplinary cooperation to breakthroughs in a variety of cases. This chapter discusses then-active, criminal, civil injury and family law cases. Forensic psychiatry has been used to identify latent problems that may result in families or individuals being damaged. Additionally, it frequently aids in the process of healing. Lawyers can do so much, but collaboration with forensic psychiatry can materially impact the current and future lives of individuals and their most precious children immensely. Forensic psychiatry in a cooperative interdisciplinary approach with the legal system can offer unique solutions to the interest of all parties.

Chapter.  2320 words. 

Subjects: Psychiatry

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