On Being Insane in Medico-Legal Places: The Importance of Taking a Complete History in Forensic Mental Health Assessment

@article{Gaughwin2005OnBI,
  title={On Being Insane in Medico-Legal Places: The Importance of Taking a Complete History in Forensic Mental Health Assessment},
  author={Peter C. Gaughwin},
  journal={Psychiatry, Psychology and Law},
  year={2005},
  volume={12},
  pages={298 - 310}
}
  • P. Gaughwin
  • Published 1 July 2005
  • Psychology
  • Psychiatry, Psychology and Law
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