e subject matter of our work straddles many disciplines — law, psychiatry, and psychology, to name a
few. It was our good fortune to have colleagues in all of these disciplines to help generate and vet ideas,
provide editorial and other guidance, and review chapters. In these respects we would like to thank
Tracy Tremayne-Lloyd, Joe Wright, and Angela Bates; Drs. Howard Barbaree, Chris Webster, and Angela
Hegarty; and Drs. Alan Kindler and Robert Gardner for their helpful insights.
e production of a voluminous work on specialized hybrid subject matter (law and mental health)
required strong editorial support, coaching, motivational briengs, and resources, all of which our
publishers, Jerey Miller and Alisa Posesorski at Irwin Law, kindly and patiently provided. We are particu-
larly grateful to Lesley Steeve and the many freelance editors for their editorial work, and to Carmen Siu
for the design and production of this volume.
e seemingly never-ending extension of the time frame for completion of the project, in part owing
to the evolution of the eld and expansion of the role of behavioural sciences’ expertise in medico-legal
matters, necessitated repeat volleys of updating and rewriting. e end result was a tripling to quadrup-
ling of the original scope of the book’s content. Although we all ended up with much more of a book
than we originally bargained for — an outcome that we suspect will enure to the benet of our reader-
ship — this came at a cost of more time, eort, and resources, and in this regard, we doubly recognize
and respect our publisher’s forbearance, faith in the value of the project, and commitment to seeing the
project through to its end, and for this, we are appreciative and beholden to Irwin Law.
Lastly, we express our deep appreciation to three generations of HB’s in-oce sta, for dealing with a
seemingly endless supply of mounds of words, pages, and references. Grace Poon-Vandijk dealt with the
project from its inception, when it was a mere handbook. By the time Saena Cha was settled into her role,
the project had tripled in size, which wouldn’t have fazed her, in any event, given her strong work ethic,
speed, “dog-with-a-bone” tenacity, and willingness to help an aging man who had bitten o a project
way larger than he could chew. As the new kid on the block, Joy Santiago was forced to deal with many
eleventh-hour deadline pressures to bring the project to completion. All three, during their respective
tenures, approached the task competently, appreciative of its importance, and with alacrity — abilities,
attitudes, and characteristics that were upliing and served the project well.
hy bloom
richard d. schneider
february 2013

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