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Why do present-day mental health professionals practice the way that they do? Over the past fifty years, a number of landmark court holdings have changed such basic principles as what material is confidential, how civil commitment and involuntary treatment are conducted, and when a therapist has a duty to protect the public from a dangerous patient. Unlike most legal texts, this volume explores these complex principles through the human stories of the litigants involved.
Peter Ash, M.D., is a forensic child and adolescent psychiatrist and a Professor of Psychiatry at Emory University, Atlanta, where he directs the Psychiatry and Law Service. He is also a past president of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law and of the Georgia Psychiatric Physicians Association.More About Peter (Emory University, Atlanta) Ash