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5 J. Psychiatry & L. [i] (1977)

handle is hein.journals/jpsych5 and id is 1 raw text is: SPRING 1977

THE JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY AND LAW
Notes on Contributors

Editors' Page

Panel Report: Impact of Law on the Practice of Psycho-
therapy
The panelists discussed some important issues in various areas of
the psycholegal field, including involuntary commitment, con-
fidentiality and malpractice. The tremendous influence that the
law has had on the practice ofpsychotherapy is stressed.
GERALD N. EPSTEIN, M.D.; JEFFREY STEINGARTEN, ESQ.;
HENRY C. WEINSTEIN, M.D., J.D.;
AND HOWARD M. NASHEL, ESQ.

The Legal Status of the Psychologist in the Courtroom
41             This article represents an overview of the status of psychologists
acting as expert witnesses in our judicial system. It focuses on why
psychologists have had difficulty in obtaining status.
MICHAEL L. PERLIN, ESQ.
Prolixin Decanoate: Big Brother by Injection?
55             The author discusses the research done in connection with this
drug. He concludes that it should not be administered to involun-
tarily committed patients without stringent legal safeguards.
THOMAS K. ZANDER, ESQ.
Custody by Agreement: Child Psychiatrist as Child Advocate
77            The authors review the history of custody rights and the role of
psychiatrists in custody battles. They offer a new plan for all par-
ticipants in the custody field.
ROBERT A. SOLOW, M.D. AND
PAUL L. ADAMS, M.D.
Discretion and the Law: A Psycholegal Overview
101           The author discusses the need to check the discretionary power of
those making decisions in our judicial and criminal justice
systems. He examines instances in which unconscious drives too
often permeate decisions.
C. G. SCHOENFELD, ESQ.

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