Volume 22, Issue 4 (October 1977)
Toward a Scientific Forensic Psychiatry
Every discipline must occasionally take stock of where it has been and where it is going, and this is nowhere more important than in a field such as legal medicine in which the practitioners are scattered around the world and have various professional identities and allegiances. Elsewhere I have described the tripartite structure of American legal medicine and the educational implications of the fractionation of the discipline into three divisions focused on psychiatry, pathology, and jurisprudence . The implications for research are analogous and are complicated by the additional problem of coordinating research in legal medicine with research in criminology and criminalistics.