We would expect a successful series such as Critical Issues in American Psychiatry and the Law to present timely, relevant issues in a high-quality manner, and such is the hallmark of this outstanding series. But we might not expect the editors to dive into the especially controversial issues, e.g., ethics, and I applaud them for doing so and in such a comprehensive and thorough fashion. Public and professional concern about ethical aspects of psychiatrists' be- havior and practice is growing, and exponentially. Concern about the ethical practice of modern forensic psychiatry is paralleled by deep-seated apprehen- sion not only about the ethical dilemmas of psychiatry and medicine (e.g., societal versus individual patient values, the corporatization of medicine, access to versus cost of medicine) but also about the widely publicized ethical trans- gressions of religious and political leaders. That's why this volume is so timely and important. Ethics-the principles and rules of right conduct. Sounds simple. We know it is not.
When I'm asked by colleagues to consider the perceived unethical behavior of a fellow professional, I often find that, like obscenity, they can't always define it but they are definite that they know it when they see it. The perception of ethical conduct often appears to be in the eyes of the beholder. read this volume. It may not always please you, Well, that's why you will want to it may upset you and even offend you, but it will definitely inform you.
I. Issues and Approaches.- 1. The Ethics of Forensic Psychiatry: A View from the Ivory Tower.- 2. Forensic Psychiatry: A Subspeciality.- 3. The Role of Traditional Medical Ethics in Forensic Psychiatry.- 4. Competing Medical and Legal Ethical Values: Balancing Problems of the Forensic Psychiatrist.- II. Models and Guidelines for Ethical Practice.- 5. The Psychiatric Expert Witness: Honest Advocate or "Hired Gun"?.- 6. The Role of the (Psychiatric) Expert in the Judicial Process.- 7. The Impartial Expert: Myth or Reality?.- 8. Ethical Issues Involved in the Dual Role of Treater and Evaluator.- 9. Ethical Considerations of Giving Miranda-Type Warnings in Psychiatric Evaluations in Criminal Cases.- 10. Ethical Issues in Forensic Psychiatry.- 11. Adjudication of AAPL Ethical Complaints: A Proposal.- 12. Ethical Problems Regarding Sex between Therapist and Patient.- III. Applications.- 13. Prediction of Dangerousness in Different Contexts.- 14. Treating Patients Who Threaten Violence: Ethical Concerns.- 15. Ethics and the Death Penalty: Participation by Forensic Psychiatrists in Capital Trials.- 16. HIV Infections and AIDS: Neuropsychiatric, Psychosocial, and Legal Issues.- 17. The New Sexual Issues: Public Policy Implications.- 18. Surrogate Parenting: Some Guiding Principles for a Legislative Response.- 19. The Use of Psychiatric Expertise in Sex Offender Cases.- 20. Clinical Judgment and Value Judgment: Moral Foundations of Psychiatric and Legal Determinations of the Status of Homosexuality.- 21. Protecting the Rights of the Elderly.- 22. Ethical Issues in Mandatory Drug Testing.- Appendix: AAPL Ethical Guidelines for the Practice of Forensic Psychiatry.
Series: Critical Issues in American Psychiatry and the Law
Number Of Pages: 348
Published: 30th June 1990
Publisher: Springer Science+Business Media
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5
Weight (kg): 1.58