n South African Journal of Psychiatry - Psychiatry in the medico-legal setting : editorial

Volume 11, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1608-9685
  • E-ISSN: 2078-6786



Extracted from text ... 42 editorial Volume 11 No. 2 September 2005 - SAJP Psychiatry in the medico-legal setting Merryll Vorster graduated and specialised in psychiatry at the University of the Witwatersrand. She is currently President of the South African Society of Psychiatrists. The article by Alfred Allan in this issue (p. 52) sets out the situation regarding the use of the DSM IV TR in medico-legal settings in the USA. The US requires that diagnoses made in a forensic setting are credible and look to case law for guidance. The use of diagnostic labels is controversial, and the DSM IV TR makes this ..

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