Medical and Legal Dilemmas of Postpartum Psychiatric Disorders
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This chapter is from the book Infanticide: Psychosocial and Legal Perspectives on Mothers Who Kill. The editor of this revealing work asks us to reach beyond rage, stretch the limits of compassion, and enter the minds of mothers who kill their babies--with the hope that advancing the knowledge base and stimulating inquiry in this neglected area of maternal-infant research will save young lives. Written to help remedy today's dearth of up-to-date, research-based literature, this unique volume brings together a multidisciplinary group of 17 experts--scholars, clinicians, researchers, clinical and forensic psychiatrists, pediatric psychoanalysts, attorneys, and an epidemiologist--who focus on the psychiatric perspective of this tragic cause of infant death. This balanced perspective on a highly emotional issue will find a wide audience among psychiatric and medical professionals (child, clinical, and forensic psychiatrists and psychologists; social workers; obstetricians/gynecologists and midwives; nurses; and pediatricians), legal professionals (judges, attorneys, law students), public health professionals, and interested laypersons.
Meyer, C. L.,
& Spinelli, M. G.
(2003). Medical and Legal Dilemmas of Postpartum Psychiatric Disorders. Infanticide: Psychosocial and Legal Perspectives on Mothers Who Kill.