Volume 19, Issue 1 (January 1974)
Evaluation of Amnesia in Criminal-Legal Situations
Quite frequently in the examination of a defendant in a criminal matter the defendant will say, “I don't remember what happened,” or the examining psychiatrist may find that there is a period of fuzziness or hazy memory at the time of the commission of the crime. It is precisely this time period that is essential for the examining psychiatrist to explore with respect to mental state and criminal responsibility. Usually the crimes for which a psychiatrist is called are major ones such as homicide, robbery, and rape. This paper will briefly explore the problem of amnesia in the examination of a defendant in a criminal matter.