Medical Director, Forensic Psychiatry Clinic, New York, NY
(Received 7 April 1997; accepted 7 April 1997)
The year 1996 marked the twentieth anniversary of one of the most important projects in forensic psychiatry, the creation in 1976 of the American Board of Forensic Psychiatry, Inc. (ABFP). Many forensic psychiatrists are not aware of the fact that the ABFP was initially solely sponsored by the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. Similarly, most practitioners do not know that the leadership for creating the ABFP came from a forensic psychiatrist, former AAFS President, Maier I. Tuchler, M.D. The ABFP provided a method for distinguishing between those who merely asserted their competence in forensic psychiatry and those who successfully demonstrated their competence in the field.
Paper ID: JFS14268J