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    Volume 22, Issue 4 (October 1977)

    Toward a Scientific Forensic Psychiatry

    (Received 22 February 1977; accepted 21 March 1977)

    Published Online: 1977


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    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 [1]. 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.

    Author Information:

    Dietz, PE
    Fellow in Forensic Psychiatry, Center for Studies in Social-Legal Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pa.

    Stock #: JFS10418J


    DOI: 10.1520/JFS10418J

    Title Toward a Scientific Forensic Psychiatry
    Symposium ,
    Committee E30