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Clinical Handbook of Child Psychiatry and the Law

Am J Dis Child. 1992;146(12):1493-1494. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1992.02160240103033.
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This book has a series of distinguished authors of 21 different chapters and an excellent index. The book not only has specific references to the process of evaluation that may lead to a court appearance by an expert witness, but also has specific recommendations about the material presented by the expert that concerns attorneys and judges.

There is a uniformity among the chapters that enhances the value of this book markedly. This uniform approach gives initial case examples for each topic, followed by the legal issues, the evaluation process, various difficulties, follow-ups on cases, specific guidelines for action, and suggested readings at the end of each chapter. It is clear that the expertise of the authors comes from their distinguished backgrounds, not only in psychiatry and child psychiatry but in private practice, pediatrics, law, obstetrics and gynecology, and psychology. The general topics include cogent advice about testifying as an expert


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