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"The Fitness Factory," Part I: The Psychiatrist's Role in Determining Competency
ROBERT LLOYD GOLDSTEIN
Am J Psychiatry 1973;130:1144-1147.
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Medical Director of the Forensic Psychiatry Clinic, New York City Criminal Court, 100 Centre St., New York, N.Y. 10013, and Clinical Instructor in Psychiatry, New York University

1973, The American Psychiatric Association

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This article is the first in a series on the work of the New York City Forensic Psychiatry Clinic, which performs mental competency evaluations of defendants appearing before the New York City Criminal Court. The author describes the clinic's philosophy regarding competency and contrasts its roles before and after the enactment of the new Criminal Procedure Law that granted considerably broader powers to the clinic.

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