Excerpt from Medical and Surgical Reporter, Vol. 56: A Weekly Journal; January-July, 1887
This brings to our mind, says the Lancet, two remarkable instances of what may be re garded as practical jokes with melancholy terminations. A convict was delivered up to the scientist for the purpose of a psycho logical experiment. The man was strapped to a table and blindfolded, ostensibly to be bled to death; a siphon containing water was placed near his head, and the ﬂuid was al lowed to trickle audibly into a vessel below it, at the same time a triﬂing scratch with a needle was inﬂicted on the culprit's neck; it is said that death occurred at the end of six minutes. The case of a college porter is also one in point. The students entrapped him into a room at night a mock inquiry was held, and the punishment of death by decapita tion was decreed for his want of considera tion to the students. The supposed earnest ness of his tormentors, the sight of an ax and block, with subsequent blindfolding and necessary genuflexion, a smart rap with a wet towel on the b ick of his neck was fol lowed by the picking up of a corpse.
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