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Cuadernos de Medicina Forense

versión On-line ISSN 1988-611Xversión impresa ISSN 1135-7606


VECINO MADRUGA, L.; ESTUPINAN RODRIGUEZ, N.; RODRIGUEZ HERNANDEZ, E.  y  GALLARDO SARMIENTO, A.. Paranoid schizophrenia and forensic-psychiatric expert assessment. Case presentation. Cuad. med. forense [online]. 2018, vol.24, n.1-2, pp.39-42.  Epub 21-Sep-2020. ISSN 1988-611X.

Legal Medicine and Psychiatry are tightly related sciences, being usual that medical experts advise our courts and judges in the subjects of psychiatric character for helping in clarifying criminal acts. To establish the mental status of a person committing a criminal offence, to analyze retrospectively the level the subject functioned at when he committed it, and at the same time, to establish his faculty to understand the reach of his actions and to direct his behaviour at that moment, are the most difficult tasks that Forensic Psychiatry could afford.

In this article, a multidiscipline team works in the presentation of a case that was taken to the mental assessment commission of Matanzas, Cuba, because a young man, with antecedents of paranoid schizophrenia, was accused in attempted murder, and it was imperative for the court to elucidate if, at the moment of assaulting his victim, the judged kept or not the faculty of understanding the reach of his action and directing his behavior.

Palabras clave : Forensic psychiatry; Mental assessment; Schizophrenia.

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