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Amnesia: in B. Puri and I. Treasaden editors: "Forensic psychiatry, fundamentals and clinical practice"

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N M Pyszora, M. D. Kopelman

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationForensic psychiatry, fundamentals and clinical practice
PublisherCRC Press
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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Amnesia does not provide a defense in itself in criminal cases. However, its presence is potentially relevant in relation to the following:
- Fitness to plead.
- Criminal responsibility.
- Malingering.
These areas are examined in turn before a review of the literature on factors associated with amnesia. We then provide a guide to the assessment of the amnesic defendant, including advice on when the forensic psychiatrist should recommend further specialist assessments by a neuropsychiatrist or neuropsychologist. All recommendations relate to UK jurisdiction unless otherwise indicated. Although this chapter focuses on the relevance of amnesia in criminal cases, guidance on assessment is equally relevant to civil cases.

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