What Are to Be the Tendencies of the Community of the British Nation?; To Sanity? or to Insanity?

What Are to Be the Tendencies of the Community of the British Nation?; To Sanity? or to Insanity?

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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. 1845 edition. Excerpt: ...men the power, under a written certificate, of handing that person over to safe custody, either under the guard of a keeper, a prison, or a lunatic asylum; but here the power of the medical certificate should end. Within seven days it should be required, and within 24 hours, if the patient be sane enough, to demand the right of inquiry, he should be again brought back within the pale of the Constitution, and be carried before a magistrate; his state and case inquired into; the deposition of medical and other witnesses be taken; and the magistrate decide upon the necessity of further confinement, or otherwise. This confinement not to extend beyond three months without the intervention of a trial by jury on his sanity or insanity, in the same inexpensive form as our criminal proceedings are conducted, under the authority and presidence of the judges of the land, who are infinitely more capable of patient research and expounding the laws than any of these new-fangled authorities--the Commissioners, whose existence, I hope, will be as brief as their deserts. Had this been the law and practice, I, who am not conscious of having had any attack of insanity in my life--who challenge the whole world to produce any insane act I ever committed--who was once absolved in open court by my bitterest enemies, of having committed any violent act, and also of ever having threatened one--instead of having had to endure the misery and wretched sufferings of passing nearly five years among the maniac, the idiot, and the epileptic; I should not have been confined more than seven days at the utmost, in place of five long years. Were mine an individual and isolated case, although so ruinous and disastrous as I have described, I feel that it would be presumption in me to...show more

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  • Paperback | 52 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 109g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236659317
  • 9781236659316