Malpractice

Publication Title: 
Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic

The causes of therapist-patient sex are complex and multidetermined. Efforts to understand why psychotherapists transgress sexual boundaries are hampered by the lure of reductionism and oversimplification. Most of those who examine this issue would prefer to categorize all such therapists as "bad" and "corrupt" as a way of distancing themselves and disavowing any similarities between these therapists and themselves.

Author(s): 
Gabbard, G. O.
Publication Title: 
Journal of Forensic Sciences

De ClÈrambault's Syndrome or Erotomania was originally described as a delusional disorder in which a woman believes that an older man of higher social status is passionately in love with her. The patient's relentless pursuit of the delusional love object, often with escalating intrusiveness, may eventually involve threats or overt acts of retaliation, in response to repeated rejection, unrequited love, or alleged betrayal. Cases from the literature are reviewed in which the delusional romantic attachment involves the patient's psychiatrist or another medical specialist.

Author(s): 
Goldstein, Robert Lloyd
Laskin, Andrew M.
Publication Title: 
Texas Medicine

This article describes the activities of physicians who offer their services for hire as witnesses and consultants to attorneys in malpractice litigation. Cases illustrating the extent of the problem are discussed along with legal and ethical restrictions on witnesses and contingent-fee payment of medicolegal consultants.

Author(s): 
Hirsh, B. D.
Dunn, J.
Wilcox, D. P.
Publication Title: 
Journal of the Royal College of Physicians of London

A limited no-fault scheme along the lines in the report would be a means by which reasonable levels of compensation could be provided promptly to the victims of medical intervention at relatively low administrative cost and with relative accessibility for those involved. However, the scheme would need to be carefully costed before implementation. This means that detailed consideration be given to the likely effects on the numbers of people claiming compensation, and the levels of compensation payable, as well as the administrative costs involved.

Publication Title: 
Minerva Medica
Author(s): 
Granone, F.
Publication Title: 
Annales Médico-Psychologiques
Author(s): 
Bénézech, M.
Publication Title: 
Psychiatric Services (Washington, D.C.)

Controversy over cases involving so-called recovered memories of sexual abuse has threatened to divide the mental health field, just as lawsuits based on recovered memories have sometimes divided children from parents and others. The authors review issues in this controversy, including the role of misdirected advocacy for recovered memory by some practitioners, the distinction between the actual events and patient's narrative truth as a factor in the therapeutic alliance, and the contrast between therapeutic and legal remedies.

Author(s): 
Gutheil, T. G.
Simon, R. I.
Publication Title: 
The American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis
Author(s): 
Lankton, Stephen
Publication Title: 
Canadian Journal of Public Health = Revue Canadienne De Santé Publique

A descriptive study of practitioners of holistic therapies in Quebec was done using a questionnaire mailed to the 954 therapists advertising publicly their services. The response rate was 37.9%. This paper presents the sociodemographic and socio-professional data collected. According to the findings, holistic therapists can be found in almost all regions of Quebec with higher concentrations in large urban centers. Their group is almost equally composed of men (51.7%) and women (48.0%) with an age mean of 40.1 years and with a mean of 7 years of experience in their practice.

Author(s): 
Rousseau, N.
Saillant, F.
Desjardins, D.
Publication Title: 
Versicherungsmedizin / Herausgegeben Von Verband Der Lebensversicherungs-Unternehmen e.V. Und Verband Der Privaten Krankenversicherung e.V

An expert opinion on genuine naturopathy cures which have widely been integrated into so-called "medical-school" treatment usually presents no problem. Difficulties may arise, however, when evaluating so-called alternative or unconventional methods, as it is typical for these to be based on hypothetical thinking patterns, and more so, as there is no proof of action in the postulated fields of indication that would meet current standards.

Author(s): 
Ostendorf, G. M.

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