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Alumnus receives award for book on homicide

Homicide: A Psychiatric Perspective, by Carl P. Malmquist, M.D.

Psychiatrist Carl P. Malmquist, M.D., has received the prestigious  Manfred S. Guttmacher Award for his book Homicide: A Psychiatric Perspective, now in its second edition.

Malmquist, who describes murder as “an indelible part of our behavior as humans,” is a nationally recognized expert in juvenile and adult psychiatry and forensic psychiatry. He also is a professor of social psychiatry in the University of Minnesota’s Department of Sociology, teaching in the areas of law, criminology, and deviance. His class “Killing” is consistently one of the most popular courses at the University.

The annual Guttmacher Award honors outstanding contributions to literature on forensic psychiatry. Malmquist received the award in June at a meeting of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law.

“The award means a lot,” says Malmquist, a member of the Medical School Class of 1959. “Because the award is for the best written work of the year in psychiatry and law, lots of lawyers get it, and especially people on the West and east Coasts. As a psychiatrist from the Midwest, I feel honored to receive the award.”

Malmquist became interested in studying homicide while serving as a psychiatric consultant for various state district courts and in the federal court system. He wanted to know what leads some people—but not others—to homicidal behavior. After decades of studying the topic, he says he still doesn’t have all of the answers.

“We’re all aware that there’s a dark side to everybody, at least in a potential sense, but some people act it out in real life,” Malmquist says.

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