This is a collection of books written by PIPATL members and other relevant books with links to each book at, where they can be purchased.

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Practice, Malpractice, and Ethics

Medical Choices, Medical Chances : How Patients, Families, and Physicians Can Cope With Uncertainty
Harold Bursztajn, Richard I. Feinbloom, Robert M. Hamm and Archie Brodsky. (out of print)

Considered ahead of its time since the first publication in 1981, Medical Choices, Medical Chances provides a telescope for viewing how developments in the fields of medical research, medical technology, and health care organization are likely to influence the doctor-patient relationship in the 21st Century. The book explores this intricate web of relationships among doctors, patients, and families and offers a new framework for mastering the emotional and intellectual challenges of uncertainty, while at the same time providing tools for all concerned to regain control from managed care. It is a must-read for all those interested in medicine and where it is headed in the new millennium.

Psychiatric Care of the Medical Patient
Deaton R. J. S. , Colenda C. C., Bursztajn H. J. . Medical-Legal Issues. In: Stoudemire A, Fogel B. S., eds. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993

This is the definitive reference work on the psychiatric aspects of medical diseases and surgical conditions. The Second Edition has been greatly expanded and includes many new chapters on topics like eating disorders, pain management in children, frontal lobe syndromes, psychopharmacology in pregnancy, and spinal cord injury.

Divided Staffs, Divided Selves

Reiser, S.J., Gutheil, T.G. Cambridge University Press. (1987)

A case-centered approach to the teaching of health care ethics provides a method for resolving difficult dilemmas with potentially tragic options in the mental health care field.

Surgical Intuition: What It Is and How to Get It

Abernathy, C.M., Hamm, R.M. Hanley & Belfus. (1995)

Sketches a cognitive psychology theory of the thinking involved in surgery, for general surgeons and doctors of all specialties, as well as psychologists and cognitive scientists. Beginning from the assumption that intuition is as important in surgery as analytical thinking, the authors describe various types and theories of thinking and problem solving, and present their model of surgical scripts as learning aids and as windows into how surgeons acquire experience. Includes numerous charts and puzzles.

The Successful Physician Negotiator - How To Get What You Deserve

Steven Babitsky, Jr., Esq. James J. and Mangraviti, James J. Mangraviti, Esq., Steven Babitsky.

The average physician will negotiate for millions of dollars over the next twenty years without having any training in negotiation skills. This book was written especially to provide physicians with the negotiating skills they need to get what they deserve. The book is straightforward, easy to read and features over 250 examples which explain exactly what to do, and what not to do, during a negotiation

Clinical Handbook of Psychotropic Drugs
Kalyna Z. Bezchlibnyk-Butler, J. Joel Jeffries / Paperback / Published 1998

A guide to psychotropic medications, with information in bulleted outline format on horizontal pages, along with comparison charts and tables. Information is given on generic and trade names, the latest scientific data, clinical guidelines, and indications. Both American and Canadian trade names are used. This edition includes the latest information, and a new section of patient information sheets.

Fifty Ways to Avoid Malpractice : A Guidebook for Mental Health Professionals
Robert Henley Woody / Paperback / Published 1988.









The Program in Psychiatry and The Law meets Wednesday mornings at 11:00 AM in Room 340 3rd floor of the new Mass Mental Health Center at 75 Fenwood Road. Left from the elevator and all the way down the hall.

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Our file library includes copies of the Amicus Briefs to which we have contributed: Althaus v. Cohen (PA) and Citizens for Health v. Thompson (Third Circuit).

 Wednesday, September 6, 2017
First meeting of the new academic year = Wednesday, September 6th
 Sunday, February 23, 2014
PIPATL Meeting Location:
Room 340 on the 3rd floor of Mass. Mental Health Center, 75 Fenwood Rd. Left from the elevator and all the way down the hall. The room has a communications center that allows more than one person to call in at a time!!

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