Principles of Forensic Medicine

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H. Renshaw, 1875 - 703 pages

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Page 210 - Can a medical man, conversant with the disease of insanity, who never saw the prisoner previously to the trial, but who was present during the whole trial and the examination of all the witnesses, be asked his opinion as to the state of the prisoner's mind at the time of the commission of the alleged crime, or his opinion whether the prisoner was conscious at the time of doing the act that he was acting contrary...
Page 211 - That before a plea of insanity should be allowed, undoubted evidence ought to be adduced that the accused was of diseased mind, and that at the time he committed the act he was not conscious of right or wrong.
Page 235 - We all three felt his pulse first ; it was distinct, though small and thready ; and his heart had its usual beating. He composed himself on his back, and lay in a still posture some time ; while I held his right hand, Dr.
Page 210 - What is the law respecting alleged crimes committed by persons afflicted with insane delusion in respect of one or more particular subjects or persons; as, for instance, where at the time of the commission of the alleged crime the accused knew he was acting contrary to law, but did the act complained of with a view, under the influence of insane delusion, of redressing or revenging some supposed grievance or injury, or of producing some supposed public benefit?" In answer to which question, assuming...
Page 204 - The man whom I stabbed richly deserved it. He behaved to me with great violence and cruelty ; he degraded my nature as a human being ; he tied me down, handcuffed me, and confined my hands much higher than my head with a leathern thong ; he stretched me on a bed of torture. After some days he released me.
Page 350 - An Act to consolidate and amend " the statute law of England and Ireland relating to malicious "injuries to property;" and (3.) To any indictable offence.
Page 235 - He composed himself on his back, and lay in a still posture for some time ; while I held his right hand, Dr Baynard laid his hand on his heart, and Mr Skrine held a clean looking-glass to his mouth. I found his pulse sink gradually, till at last I could not feel any by the most exact and nice touch. Dr Baynard could not feel the least motion in his heart, nor Mr Skrine perceive the least soil of breath on the bright mirror he held to his mouth.
Page 139 - Tenant by the curtesy of England, is where a man marries a woman seised of an estate of inheritance, that is, of lands and tenements in fee-simple or fee-tail ; and has by her issue, born alive, which was capable of inheriting her estate. In this case, he shall, on the death of his wife, hold the lands for his life, as tenant by the curtesy of England...
Page 619 - a person immediately after swallowing a solution of a crystalline salt, which tasted purely and strongly acid, is attacked with burning in the throat, then with a burning in the stomach, vomiting, particularly of bloody matter, imperceptible pulse, and excessive languor, and dies in half an hour, or still more, in twenty, fifteen, or ten minutes, I do not know any fallacy which can interfere with the conclusion that oxalic acid was the cause of death. No parallel disease begins so abruptly, and terminates...
Page 219 - ... it is very difficult to define the indivisible line that divides perfect and partial insanity ; but it must rest upon circumstances duly to be weighed and considered both by the judge and jury, lest on the one side there be a kind of inhumanity towards the defects of human nature, or on the other side too great an indulgence given to great crimes...

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