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History of Forensic Psychiatry and Mental Health Law

ByIan H. Treasaden, Basant K. Puri

Forensic and clinical psychiatry (probably the first medical subspeciality) developed in tandem from the first decades of the nineteenth century. The term psychiatry was introduced by Johann Reil in 1808. However, some allowance in the sentencing of mentally disordered offenders has occurred throughout history and in all countries and cultures.