Forensic Psychiatry

Influences of Evil

Editors: Mason, Tom (Ed.)

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Many conscientious mental health professionals caring for disturbed patients have either unscientifically formulated for themselves notions of "evil" to explain the behavior of their patients, or have been given patients described by judges and the press as "evil." Although such notions may be deemed unscientific, beyond the purview of medicine, and better suited for discussion by theologians and moral philosophers, the fact remains that these notions of "evil" have a definite impact on the practice of psychiatry, if not all medical fields. In Forensic Psychiatry: Influences of Evil, Tom Mason brings together an international panel of experts from diverse specialties to examine the idea of "evil" in a medical context, specifically a mental health setting, to consider how the concept can be usefully interpreted, and to elucidate its relationship to forensic psychiatry. The authors challenge the belief that the concept of "evil" plays no role in "scientific" psychiatry and is not helpful to our understanding of aberrant human thinking and behavior. Among the viewpoints up for debate are a consideration of organizations as evil structures, the "medicalization" of evil, destruction as a constructive choice, violence as a secular evil, talking about evil when it is not supposed to exist, and the influence of evil on forensic clinical practice. Among the highlights are a psychological exploration of the notion of "evil" and a variety of interesting research methods used to explore the nature of "evil."
Illuminating and provocative, Forensic Psychiatry: Influences of Evil offers mental health professionals a challenging survey of how the concept of "evil" can be understood from a variety of viewpoints and integrated into forensic psychiatry.

Table of contents (18 chapters)

Table of contents (18 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Mason, Tom

    Pages 1-14

  • Organizations As Evil Structures

    Holmes, Dave (et al.)

    Pages 15-30

  • The Psychopharmaceutical Complex

    Kean, Brian

    Pages 31-65

  • Intention, Excuse, and Insanity

    Pataki, Tamas

    Pages 67-87

  • An Archaeology of the Psychopath

    Mason, Tom

    Pages 89-108

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Forensic Psychiatry
Book Subtitle
Influences of Evil
Editors
  • Tom Mason
Copyright
2006
Publisher
Humana Press
Copyright Holder
Humana Press
Distribution Rights
Distribution rights for India: CBS Publishers, New Delhi, India
eBook ISBN
978-1-59745-006-5
DOI
10.1007/978-1-59745-006-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-58829-449-4
Softcover ISBN
978-1-61737-577-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 388
Number of Illustrations
9 b/w illustrations
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