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Format 140x220 Hardcover
EUR 19,90 / sFr 26,90
ISBN ebook: 9783701743933
published in April 2013
From Delusion to Crime
True life cases in forensic psychiatry
Ill and evil: how the mentally disturbed can become criminals
Anders Brevik, Josef Fritzl, or the ‘Ice Lady’– are criminals like these pure evil or are they in fact mentally ill? Why is a fanatic legally accountable, while someone delusional is not? Is one innocent and the other guilty? Forensic psychiatrist Thomas Stompe works with ‘mentally disturbed offenders’ who are not held in regular prison, but detained in mental health facilities with special security measures. He recounts fascinating details from cases he has encountered in his work practice as a therapist: the motives that drive the ill offenders; their delusions and crimes; their treatment and their lives ‘after the act’. The stories are disturbing, yet also provoke compassion for the offenders who are humans like you and I.
Thomas Stompe is a specialist for psychiatry and neurology and an associate professor at the Dept. for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy at the Medical University of Vienna, senior physician at the High Security Hospital Göllersdorf, head of Wiener Zirkel für Psychopathologie and president of the Deutschsprachige Gesellschaft für Kunst und Psychopathologie des Ausdrucks (DGPA). He has published numerous articles on psychopathology, transcultural psychiatry and forensic psychiatry.