The Medico Chururgical Review and Journal of Medical Science

The Medico Chururgical Review and Journal of Medical Science

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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. 1824 edition. Excerpt: ...alluded to, was committed in the present establishment. Having behaved well for some time, he was under no great restraint in April 1820, when he contrived to secrete the blade of an old knife, which he sharpened to a point, and watching an opportunity he plunged it twelve or fourteen times into the body of a poor sickly patient, named Dennis Leonard, with such force and fury that each slab would have killed a giant. After this he was handcuffed, but broke them into a thousand pieces. He is now confined in an iron cincture that surrounds his waist, with strong hand-cuffs attached to it. " But his propensity to mischief, malice, and personal abuse, are as incessant as his taste for blood-shed and slaughter. He has contrived, notwithstanding his restriction of hands and feet, to break above seventy panes of glass, within the last two years, in the dining-room windows, although guarded on the inside by a strong iron wire lattice-work. This amusement he contrived to effect by standing on a form placed at some distance from the windows, and taking the bowl of bis wooden spoon in his mouth, he poked the handle through the meshes of the wire-work, and thus broke the pane." 7. Bloodshed and massacre are the constant topics of his frenzied discourse. His vengeance against poor Leonard was excited by some dispute about Religion! He told I he coroner's jury, that if he could obtiiin the king's crown, and all the riches of the universe, he would not forego the pleasure of killing him, for all would be nothing to thu case of mind he felt in putting him out of the way! " Even his very dreams, when he sleeps, are occupied with scenes of fury and vengeance; and he takes delight in detailing them the next morniug. When he dreams of having murdered any, and...show more

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  • Paperback | 476 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 24mm | 844g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236671554
  • 9781236671554