Psychopathy - New Updates on an Old Phenomenon

  • Azienda Socio-Sanitaria Territoriale Melegnano e Martesana


This book collects the contribution of a selected number of clinical psychiatrists interested in the clinical evaluation of specific issues on psychopathy. The nine chapters of the book address some relevant issues related to nosography, early recognition and treatment, bio-psycho-social models (in particular cognitive-behavioral and ethological ones), and social and familial consequences of psychopathic personality.
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