Ziskin's Coping with Psychiatric and Psychological TestimonyHardback
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- Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
- Format: Hardback | 1152 pages
- Dimensions: 221mm x 282mm x 48mm | 2,835g
- Publication date: 12 January 2012
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 0195174119
- ISBN 13: 9780195174113
- Edition: 6, Revised
- Edition statement: 6th Revised edition
- Sales rank: 642,170
This unique book documents the deficiencies of psychiatric and psychological evidence, and demonstrates how to cross-examine and challenge the expertise of psychiatrists and psychologists. The sixth edition of this classic will be contained in one volume for the first time, and is a professional 'must have' for attorneys.
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