Papers Read Before the Medico-Legal Society of New York, from Its Organization

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McDivitt, Campbell & Company, 1869 - Insanity
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Page 59 - O thou invisible spirit of wine ! if thou hast no name to be known by, let us call thee devil.
Page 251 - Either the delusion is such that the person under its influence has a real and firm belief of some fact, not true in itself, but which, if it were true, would excuse his act...
Page 255 - If some controlling disease was in truth the acting power within him, which he could not resist or if he had not a sufficient use of his reason to control the passions which prompted the act complained of, he is not responsible...
Page 115 - He must, in the language of the cases, have sufficient active memory to collect in his mind, without prompting, the particulars or elements of the business to be transacted, and to hold them, in his mind a sufficient length of time to perceive at least their obvious relations to each other, and be able to form some rational judgment in relation to them.
Page 68 - My good friend, your remarks are just ; they are, indeed, too true ; but I can no longer resist temptation. If a bottle of brandy stood at one hand, and the pit of hell yawned at the other, and if I were convinced I would be pushed in as sure as I took one glass, I could not refrain...
Page 187 - Alcohol, opium, belladonna, and other drugs, likewise cause cerebral congestion. This fact is so well known that it is scarcely necessary to do more than allude to it. That temporary insanity is produced by them is a fact with which all are familiar. 10. Passing over several other causes of congestion of the brain, we come to one set of factors which are more potent than any other, and these are the emotions, (a...
Page 173 - The liability of the dealer in such case arises, not out of any contract or direct privity between him and the person injured, but out of the duty which the law imposes upon him to avoid acts in their nature dangerous to the lives of others.
Page 262 - I conceive liberty to be rightly defined in this manner : liberty is the absence of all the impediments to action that are not contained in the nature and intrinsical quality of the agent...
Page 423 - The second, to divide each of the difficulties under examination into as many parts as possible, and as might be necessary for its adequate solution.
Page 204 - If a person persistently believes supposed facts, which have no real existence except in his perverted imagination, and against all evidence and probability, and conducts himself, however logically, upon the assumption of their existence, he is, so far as they are concerned, under a morbid delusion ; and delusion in that sense is insanity.

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