The Northern Journal of Medicine: A Monthly Survey of the Progress of Medical Knowledge at Home and Abroad, Volume 3

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Page 16 - In answer to which question, assuming that your lordships' inquiries are confined to those persons who labour under such partial delusions only, and are not in other respects insane, we are of opinion, that, notwithstanding the party accused 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 public benefit, he is nevertheless punishable, according to the nature of the crime committed, if...
Page 15 - 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?
Page 94 - Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being imperfect : and in Thy book were all my members written ; Which day by day were fashioned : when as yet there was none of them.
Page 93 - As thou knowest not what is the way of the spirit, nor how the bones do grow in the womb of her that is with child: even so thou knowest not the works of God who maketh all.
Page 16 - My Lords, her Majesty's Judges (with the exception of Mr. Justice MAULE, who has stated his opinion to your Lordships), in answering the questions proposed to them by your Lordships' House, think it right, in the first place, to state that they have forborne entering into any particular discussion upon these questions, from the extreme and almost insuperable difficulty of applying those answers to cases in which the facts are not brought judicially before them. The facts of each particular case must...
Page 18 - ... he was committing ; or, in other words, whether he was under the influence of a diseased mind, and was really unconscious at the time he was committing the act that it was a crime.
Page 401 - Again, the assistance of medicine is sought. If the nature of the disease is suspected, the urine is carefully tested, and found, in almost every trial, to contain albumen, while the quantity of urea is gradually diminishing. If, in the attempt to give relief to the oppression of the system, blood is drawn, it is often buffed, or the serum is milky and opaque ; and nice analysis will frequently detect a great deficiency of albumen, and sometimes manifest indications of the presence of urea. If the...
Page 11 - ... in the water-closet, believing that the water was constantly discharging itself ; and at another time, he continued spitting incessantly for many weeks, under the impression that his whole frame was becoming converted into saliva. Feelings of gloom and despondency were at the same time developed : — the most trifling errors of the past were magnified into crimes of unpardonable magnitude, and the future was contemplated with the utmost dread. He commenced a system of reading the Scriptures,...
Page 45 - The stern evidence," says Mr. Syme, " of hospital statistics shows, that the average frequency of death is not less than from 60 to 70 per cent,"1 or above one in every two operated on die.
Page 93 - For my reins are thine ; thou hast covered me in my mother's womb. I will give thanks unto thee, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made...

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