Views And Reviews

Psychopathic and Antisocial Personality Disorders: Treatment and Research Issues

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: (Published 24 September 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:818
  1. D Chiswick

    Bridget Dolan, Jeremy Coid Gaskell/Royal College of Psychiatrists, pounds sterling 20, pp 323 ISBN 0-902241-66-4

    Coherent discussion of psychopathic disorder is just about possible between two people. For any more than this number you need to lay on simultaneous translation to make sense of a cacophony of legal, clinical, and lay concepts. The legal concept comes from the arcane definition of psychopathic disorder in the Mental Health Act, the clinical from an outdated literature (mostly) and practical experience (slightly), while the lay understanding of the disorder is derived variously …

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