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Expert Witness Disclosure – Proposed Changes to Federal Rule 26

There are proposed significant changes to the disclosure requirement features of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Rule 26. These changes will extend work product immunity.Congress makes changes to the widely endorsed Aproposal awaiting Supreme Court approval on May 1, 2010, as of December 1, 2010 Experts will no longer be required to disclose draft versions of their FRCP 26(a)(2) Reports. Furthermore they will no longer be required to disclose communication including electronic communication between the expert and the retaining attorney

Informed Consent Revisited

The medical malpractice insurer has recently issued an “Alert” revisiting the concept of “informed consent” as it is currently viewed by the courts. Download MIEC’s Alert #17 Informed Consent Revisited here: Download Informed Consent – MIEC Alert #17

Scientists Read Brain’s Magnetic Fields to Spot PTSD

Scientists Read Brain’s Magnetic Fields to Spot PTSD
Test identified those with the disorder 90% of the time

Genetic Variants in Depressed People Raise Suicide Risk

Researchers have identified five gene variants that raise the risk for suicide attempts in people suffering from depression

Meth psychosis presents medical, legal challenges.(FORENSIC MEDICINE)

David Kan, MD, an fpamed forensic psychiatric expert in the diagnosis and treatment of substance abuse, is quoted in the following article on methamphetamine psychosis:  Meth psychosis presents medical, legal challenges.(FORENSIC MEDICINE) By Susan London | March, 2009 Clinical Psychiatry News SEATTLE — Methamphetamine-induced psychosis is a challenging condition from both a medical and legal perspective, according to […]

Mark Levy MD Presentations in China: What is Psychoanalysis? What is Transference?

The following is a slide show of a presentation entitled "What Is Psychoanalysis? What is Transference?"  given by Mark Levy, MD in Xi'An and Wuhan China during October 2009:Download The Analysis of Transference

PTSD In US Servicemen In Iraq – Interview with Dr. Levy – AP 5/12/09

AP 5/12/09: Father of US Army Sgt John M. Russell says his son was treated poorly in a a military stress treatment center in Baghdad before he killed 5 of his fellow soldiers on 5/11/09. Mark Levy, MD was interviewed about the nature of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and the role it may have played in […]

Ethical Issues in Forensic Psychiatry With Children and Adolescents

By Richard A. Ratner, M.D. Psychiatric Times | December 2005 | Vol. XXIII | Issue 14 Any discussion of contemporary child and adolescent forensic psychiatry will eventually encompass considerations of the ethical underpinnings of this work. Ethical issues arise inevitably in clinical work with children and adolescents and are even more likely to surface in forensic settings. Download Ethical Issues […]

APA (American Psychological Association) – Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct – 2002

INTRODUCTION AND APPLICABILITY The American Psychological Association's (APA's) Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct (hereinafter referred to as the Ethics Code) consists of an Introduction, a Preamble, five General Principles (A – E), and specific Ethical Standards. The Introduction discusses the intent, organization, procedural considerations, and scope of application of the Ethics Code. […]

AMA (American Medical Association) – Principles of Medical Ethics

Preamble The medical profession has long subscribed to a body of ethical statements developed primarily for the benefit of the patient. As a member of this profession, a physician must recognize responsibility to patients first and foremost, as well as to society, to other health professionals, and to self. The following Principles adopted by the […]

The Intricate Link Between Violence and Mental Disorder – Eric B. Elbogen, PhD; Sally C. Johnson, MD

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Medical Expert Witness as Evidence

  THIS BLOG APPEARED ON jANUARY 4, 2009 ON http://yourlegalwayout.blogspot.com/2009/01/medical-expert-witness-as-evidence.html iT IS REPRODUCED HERE FOR YOUR INTEREST.     The Legal Way This blog is all about interesting decisions oftribunals all around the world whether fictional or real. I would like to emphasize the arguments and defenses that were use in order to guide the […]

Violence Risk Assessment by David Y. Kan, MD

To assist with his teaching of psychiatric residents at UCSF School of Medicine, Dr. Kan has prepared the following PowerPoint slide show summarizing many key aspects of violence risk assessment, a critical forensic psychiatric skill. Download David Kan MD Violence Risk Assessment Psych interns 2-5-07

Study Finds Settling Is Better Than Going to Trial

  August 8, 2008 Study Finds Settling Is Better Than Going to Trial By JONATHAN D. GLATER Note to victims of accidents, medical malpractice, broken contracts and the like: When you sue, make a deal. That is the clear lesson of a soon-to-be-released study of civil lawsuits that has found that most of the plaintiffs […]

Divorce and Child Custody

Anlee Kuo, JD, MD, a forensic child and adolescent psychiatrist, co-authored a textbook chapter on Divorce and Child Custody in Lewis’s Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: A Comprehensive Textbook, Fourth Edition, Edited by Andres Martin and Fred Volkmar, Lippincott Williams and WIlkins, 2007, pp1006-1013.  (Co-author: John Sikorski, M.D.).  The chapter includes the following sections and topics: […]

Forensic Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

Anlee Kuo, JD, MD, a forensic child and adolescent psychiatrist co-authored a chapter on forensic child and adolescent psychiatry in the Textbook of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Third Edition, American Psychiatric Publishing, Washington, D.C., 2004. The chapter includes the following sections and topics: The Changing Status of Children’s Rights Overview of the Legal System The […]

Birth Trauma & PTSD

Birth Trauma: Stress Disorder Afflicts Moms Study Suggests That PTSD May Be More Common Than Previously Believed By RACHEL ZIMMERMAN August 5, 2008; Page D1 Amid the debate over how to effectively manage maternal mental-health disorders, a new type of postpartum illness is gaining attention: post-traumatic-stress disorder due to childbirth. PTSD is most commonly associated […]

PTSD & Sleep

Sleep is the enemy A former Marine fights nightmares of Iraq by struggling to stay awake. Millions, veteran and civilian, face a nightly battle. By Jia-Rui Chong Los Angeles Times Staff Writer August 5, 2008 SAN DIEGO — By the time the sun began to rise one recent Friday over his Mira Mesa neighborhood, Mitch […]

Pentagon spends $300M to study troops’ stress, trauma

Pentagon spends $300M to study troops’ stress, trauma By Gregg Zoroya, USA TODAY The Pentagon is spending an unprecedented $300 million this summer on research for post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury, offering hope not only for troops but hundreds of thousands of civilians. The money — the most spent in one year on […]

Can Depression Change Your DNA?

Can Depression Change Your DNA? By Psych Central News Editor       Reviewed by John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on July 31, 2008 Thursday, Jul 31 (Psych Central) — New research points to significant modifications of an important gene that suggests depression may play a role in changing the very makeup of the brain.Researchers at the […]

Meth or Madness? Methamphetamine Use and Mental Illness – by David Y. Kan, MD

This PowerPoint slide show was created by David Y. Kan, MD to accompany a talk he gave to a Substance Abuse Psychiatric Residents’ Seminar at the Ft. Miley VA Medical Center in San Francisco in 2007. Dr. Kan is also a board certified forensic psychiatrist and is Assistant Clincial Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Division of […]

Stalkers: Violence Risk Assessment by David Y. Kan, MD

Dr. David Kan, a forensic psychiatrist and Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Ft. Miley VA Medical Center, University of California , San Francisco, created this PowerPoint slide presentation on Risk Assessment of Stalkers for a talk he gave on 11-17-04. To download a pdf version of Dr. Kan’s PowerPoint presentation, click here: Download Stalker_Talk_11-17-04.pdf

Best Practices in Veterans’ Psychiatric Care by David Y. Kan MD

This PowerPoint slide presentation illustrates the Best Practices in Psychiatric Medical Care available through the VA system. It is a reflection of the ideas and experience of David Kan MD who oversees substance abuse care at the San Francisco VA Medical Center at Ft. Miley. Dr. Kan is also a board certified forensic psychiatrist and […]

“Proximate Cause” & Scientific Causation

Forensic Psychiatrists, Psychologists and all testifying expert physicians are expected to offer their opinions in both civil and criminal matters to the standard of proof of “reasonable medical certainty” (“reasonable medical probability” in California). However, the legal definitions of causation (proximate cause) and the notion of causation from the perspective of behavioral science are not the same, and sometimes actually diverge. This article by Dr. Levy attempts to explain those differences, explicate the potential dilemmas, and suggest some pitfalls for the testifying medical-legal expert to avoid when discussing “causation” in its legal context.