A TREATISE ON THE MEDICAL JURISPRUDENCE OF INSANITY (Google eBook)

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Page 158 - For they do not appear to me to have lost the faculty of reasoning; but, having joined together some ideas very wrongly, they mistake them for truths, and they err as men do that argue right from wrong principles.
Page 56 - Our statutes may declare, as they do, that " no act done by a person in a state of insanity can be punished as an offense, and no insane person can be tried, sentenced to any punishment, or punished for any crime or offense while he continues in that state.
Page 330 - ... demonstrative of such fact, as where the object of the proof is to establish derangement. The evidence in such a case, applying to stated intervals, ought to go to the state and habit of the person, and not to the accidental interview of any individual, or to the degree of self-possession in any particular act...
Page 144 - It is the prolonged departure, without an adequate external cause, from the state of feeling and modes of thinking usual to the individual when in health, that is the true feature of disorder in mind; and the 1 London Quarterly Review, XLJI.
Page 165 - He was once a man, and of some little name, but of no worth, as his present unparalleled case makes but too manifest ; for by the immediate hand of an avenging God, his very thinking substance has for more than seven years been continually wasting away, till it is wholly perished out of him, if it be not utterly come to nothing.
Page 169 - Moral insanity, or madness consisting in a morbid perversion of the natural feelings, affections, inclinations, temper, habits, moral dispositions, and natural impulses, without any remarkable disorder or defect of the intellect or knowing and reasoning faculties, and particularly without any insane illusion or hallucination.
Page 435 - In general, insanity is an excuse for the commission of every crime, because the party has not the possession of that reason which includes responsibility. An exception is when the crime is committed by a party while in a fit of intoxication, the law not permitting a man to avail himself of the excuse of his own gross vice and misconduct to shelter himself from the legal consequences of such crime.
Page 192 - Marc, who relates the anecdote, and was himself the pupil charged with the commission, "and the attempt had been discovered, neither the professor or the pupil could have been deemed excusable." : 195. Morbid activity of the sexual propensity is unfortunately of such common occurrence, that it has been generally noticed by medical writers, though its medico-legal importance has never been so strongly felt as it deserves. This affection, in a state of the most unbridled excitement, filling the...
Page 171 - Individuals laboring under this disorder are capable of reasoning or supporting an argument on any subject within their sphere of knowledge that may be presented to them, and they often display great ingenuity in giving reasons for their eccentric conduct, and in accounting for and justifying the state of moral feeling under which they appear to exist.
Page 232 - ... sacrifices all within his reach to the cravings of his murderous propensity. The criminal lays plans for the execution of his designs; time, place, and weapons are all suited to his purpose; and, when successful, he either flies from the scene of his enormities, or makes every effort to avoid discovery.

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