Can we harmonise forensic psychiatry across Europe?
Taylor, Mark H.
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Comments on an article by H. Gordon and P. Lindqvist (see record 2007-17844-006). The authors refer to harmonisation of forensic psychiatry in Europe. We agree with the authors that, although laudable in principle, such undertaking is difficult, if not impossible, to achieve. However, it is possible to share experiences and learn from each other. In the section on ethics in forensic psychiatry the authors call attention to reports of differences in the canons of ethics pertaining to US and British forensic psychiatrists. The fact is that one or two prominent US forensic psychiatrists visiting the UK have misinformed our British colleagues that forensic psychiatrists in the USA follow principles of ethics that are different from the code of medical ethics applicable to psychiatrists everywhere. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved)