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Psychiatric Aspects of Justification, Excuse and Mitigation
Author: Alec Buchanan

ISBN: 9781853027970
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 9 July 2000
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6 x 1.0
'Following a detailed and sophisticated review of legal theory and practice Buchanan concludes that legal tests of excuse and mitigation boil down to two questions. The first is 'did he have it?' (intent). The second is 'did he do it?' (action)...Buchanan argues that such an approach fails the severely mentally ill by not taking account of the extent of the underlying disability...the general detail and sophistication of Buchanan's discourse will justifiably serve to establish this slim volume as a standard reference.' -Psychological Medicine Vol 33 2003 'Buchanan's critique of the legal provisions for mentally disordered individuals drew on many fine resources-philosophical, jurisprudential, legal, and psychological and psychiatric-and I found myself going back and forth in the book checking references constantly. The book is a fine example of good research and philosophical even-handedness. It provides copious references to important legal cases as well as other works relevant to the conceptualization of the current provisions concerning the psychiatrically disordered. For this reason, his work is a useful resource for those unfamilia...

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