John C. Gunn, CBE FRCPsych FMedSci Member, Parole Board, England & Wales, Emeritus Professor of Forensic Psychiatry, Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London, UK
Pamela J. Taylor,FRCPsych FMedSci, Professor of Forensic Psychiatry, School of Medicine, Cardiff University, UK
"Though penned primarily for those with more advanced knowledge of forensic issues (including those practicing within the justice system), this work might prove useful for anyone interested in the various intriguing and complicated challenges in the subspecialty of forensic psychiatry."
—Steven T. Herron, MD, University of Arizona Health Sciences Center, USA
" … a very comprehensive and thorough review of the whole field of forensic psychiatry. It is a book that every practising forensic psychiatrist would benefit from having. There is no other textbook as comprehensive as this concerned with UK forensic psychiatry: subjects are covered in depth with a vast array of references and articles synthesised. By and large it’s accurate and up-to-date. It’s a real achievement … . Highly Commended."
—2014 BMA Medical Book Awards
1. Introduction 2. Criminal and civil law for the psychiatrist in England and Wales 3. Mental health and capacity laws including their administering bodies 4. Legal arrangements in the rest of the British Isles and Islands 5. Forensic psychiatry and its interfaces outside the UK and Ireland 6. Psychiatric reports for legal purposes in England and Wales 7. The psychosocial milieu of the offender 8. Genetic influences on antisocial behaviour, problem substance use and schizophrenia: evidence from quantitative genetic and molecular genetic studies 9. Violence 10. Disordered and offensive sexual behaviour 11. The majority of crime: theft, motoring and criminal damage (including arson) 12. Disorders of brain structure and function and crime 13. Offenders with intellectual disabilities 14. Psychosis, violence and crime 15. Pathologies of passion and related antisocial behaviours 16. Personality disorders 17. Deception, dissociation and malingering 18. Addictions and dependencies: their association with offending 19. Juvenile offenders and adolescent psychiatry 20. Women as offenders 21. Older people and the criminal justice system 22. Dangerousness 23. Principles of treatment for the mentally disordered offender 24. Forensic mental health services in the United Kingdom and Ireland 25. Offenders and alleged offenders with mental disorder in non-medical settings 26. Ethics in forensic psychiatry 27. Deviant and sick medical staff 28. Victims and survivors Appendix 1: ECHR Appendix 2: MHA 1983 Appendix 3: Experts’ Protocol Appendix 4: Hippocratic Oath Cases cited