Volume 18, Issue 1 (January 1973)
The Scope of Legal Psychiatry
Law and psychiatry as distinct disciplines overlap inevitably in many ways. There are many areas in which the two potentially or actually have concerns in common, and these seem to be expanding all the time. These areas are rather heterogeneous, and range from the understanding and treatment of the criminal offender to social issues such as abortion or gun control, and all the way to highly philosophical problems such as confidentiality or the involuntary detention of the dangerous. In actuality, however, the degree and type of interaction between the two disciplines has been remarkably narrow and constricted as this article will demonstrate in depth.