Forensic Medicine and Toxicology

Forensic Medicine and Toxicology

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1898 edition. Excerpt: ...evidently knew right from wrong and also the character of the act, the judge told the jury that there were exceptional cases, on the strength of which ruling a verdict of not guilty, on the ground of insanity, was returned. Maudsley2 relates a very instructive example of homicidal impulse. Dr. Pownall, a medical practitioner, was admitted to an asylum on certificates which stated that he had made a murderous attack on his mother-in-law, whom he usually respected and loved. He had an attack of mental disorder when he was twenty-two years of age; a second after an interval of fourteen years, and a third (the one for which he was now placed under restraint) after a further interval of four years and a half. Between the attacks he successfully conducted a large medical practice, and was so much respected by his fellow-townsmen as to be elected to the office of mayor. During his second attack of derangement he shot a gentleman with whom he was out shooting, and, although the coroner's inquest resulted in a verdict of accidental death, there were some who thought differently. He remained in the asylum for four months; during the whole of that time he betrayed no symptom of mental disease and, consequently, was discharged as recovered. Twenty days after leaving the asylum he killed a female servant by cutting her throat with a razor, having shown no indication of insanity up to within a few hours of the act. Acquitted at his trial on the ground of insanity he was sent to Bethlem Hospital as a criminal lunatic. The medical officer, after an observation of several months, said he could not attach any particular symptom of insanity to him, and that, supposing he was a private patient and the Commissioners in Lunacy asked why he was detained, he could give...show more

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  • Paperback | 340 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 18mm | 608g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236676351
  • 9781236676351