This book details possible ethical situations and pitfalls that forensic psychiatric experts would commonly encounter when making a court testimony. Richly illustrated with cases from medicine, psychiatry, and law, this elegantly written volume examines the common moral ground that links these usually separate domains, and relates forensic ethics to larger concepts of morality and justice.
Ethics and the Expert Witness intends to address ethical problems common to all forms of medial and psychiatric testimony and uses case studies from various specialty areas - medical ethics, law, and psychiatry.
The three major sections of the work are as follows: Framing the ethical difficulties that expert witnesses frequently encounter when appearing in court; developing current understanding of forensic moral theory by identifying the role it plays in guiding moral theory; integrating theory and practice by using the debate surrounding the role of expert testimony in death penalty cases. This book would benefit forensic psychiatrists, forensic psychologists, attorneys, administrative/disability experts.