Responsibility in Mental Disease

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D. Appleton, 1876 - Insanity - 313 pages

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Page 95 - ... to establish a defence on the ground of insanity, it must be clearly proved that, at the time of the committing of the act, the party accused was labouring under such a defect of reason, from disease of the mind, as not to know the nature and quality of the act he was doing; or, if he did know it, that he did not know he was doing what was wrong.
Page 107 - That there were such creatures as witches he made no doubt at all. For, first, the Scriptures had affirmed so much ; secondly, the wisdom of all nations had provided laws against such persons, which is an argument of their confidence of such a crime.
Page 97 - ... must be considered in the same situation as to responsibility as if the facts with respect to which the delusion exists were real.
Page 90 - ... it is not every kind of frantic humor or something unaccountable in a man's actions that points him out to be such a madman as is to be exempted from punishment; it must be a man that is totally deprived of his understanding and memory, and doth not know what he is doing, no more than an infant, than a brute, or a wild beast, such a one is never the object of punishment...
Page 98 - ... 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 he knew, at the time of committing such crime, that he was acting contrary to law, by which expression we understand your lordships to mean the law of the land.
Page ii - II. Physics and Politics ; or, Thoughts on the Application of the Principles of "Natural Selection " and " Inheritance
Page ii - XVIII. The Nature of Light. With a General Account of Physical Optics.
Page 112 - I think the strongest and best proof that can arise as to a lucid interval is that which arises from the act itself ; that I look upon as the thing to be first examined, and if it can be proved and established that it is a rational act rationally done the whole case is proved.
Page 22 - There is a destiny made for a man by his ancestors, and no one can elude, were he able to attempt it, the tyranny of his organization.

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