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Commentary: the higher standards of aspirational ethics
Systems and Psychosocial Advances Research Center Publications and Presentations
  • Philip J. Candilis, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Richard Martinez, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center
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Department of Psychiatry
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*Ethics, Professional; Forensic Psychiatry; Humans; United States
In response to a case presented by Dr. David Menkes, the authors argue for a standard of forensic practice that aspires to more than minimal requirements of ethics and law. Professional ethics for forensic experts require acknowledgment of both the duties and ideals of the profession if they are to meet societal expectations, honor the intent of legal procedure, and overcome jaundiced views of the "hired gun." Common values of transparency, truth-telling, and respect for moral relationships in professional work are suggested for analysis of this case, as are respect for the profession and its historical narrative. In fact, a robust professional ethic that requires broader consideration of personal, professional, and community values finds renewed expression in this ethical analysis.
J Am Acad Psychiatry Law. 2006;34(2):242-4.
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Philip J. Candilis and Richard Martinez. "Commentary: the higher standards of aspirational ethics" Vol. 34 Iss. 2 (2006) ISSN: 1093-6793 (Linking)
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