Volume 19, Issue 1 (January 1974)

    Evaluation of Amnesia in Criminal-Legal Situations

    (Received 2 March 1973; accepted 3 July 1973)

    Published Online: January

    CODEN: JFSOAD

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    Abstract

    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.


    Author Information:

    Sadoff, RL
    Associate clinical professor of psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pa


    Stock #: JFS10075J

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS10075J

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    Title Evaluation of Amnesia in Criminal-Legal Situations
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