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The professions of psychiatry and law have been forced into greater opportunities for meeting—and for confrontation. The interactions of the psychiatrist with criminal law has led to headlines, to the "battles of the experts." Although notoriety accrues to this area, psychiatrist and attorney meet most often in the arena of civil law.
In the hospital practice of psychiatry and, to a lesser extent, in private practice, the psychiatrist has become aware increasingly of the impact of changing law on his domain. Issues such as the right to treatment and the right to refuse treatment, an increasing rate of malpractice for
Law in the Practice of Psychiatry. A Handbook for Clinicians.. Ann Intern Med. ;94:291–292. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-94-2-291_4
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1981;94(2):291-292.
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