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Witnessing Insanity: Madness and Mad-Doctors in the English Court
     

Witnessing Insanity: Madness and Mad-Doctors in the English Court

by Joel Peter Eigen, Nigel Walker (Foreword by)
 
This intriguing book is the first systematic investigation of the evolution of medical testimony in British insanity trials from its beginnings in 1760 to 1843, when the Insanity Rules were formulated during the trial of Daniel McNaughtan. Drawing on testimony of courtroom participants from hundreds of ordinary prosecutions-ranging from burglary and forgery to

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This intriguing book is the first systematic investigation of the evolution of medical testimony in British insanity trials from its beginnings in 1760 to 1843, when the Insanity Rules were formulated during the trial of Daniel McNaughtan. Drawing on testimony of courtroom participants from hundreds of ordinary prosecutions-ranging from burglary and forgery to sheep stealing-Eigen analyzes the elements and development of the insanity defense.

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An investigation of the evolution of medical testimony in British insanity trials from its beginnings in 1760 to 1843, when the Insanity Rules were formulated. Based on verbatim testimony of courtroom participants, the book shows how the legal system adapted to a novel definition of insanity that blurred traditional conceptions of human will, self-control, and criminal responsibility. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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ISBN-13:
9780300062892
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
03/20/1995
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

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