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July 1928

An Introduction to Forensic Psychiatry in the Criminal Courts.

Arch NeurPsych. 1928;20(1):231. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1928.02210130238019

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This is a timely and interesting contribution on psychiatry from the standpoint of criminal responsibility. It is not a book on psychiatry. The author is well qualified to write a book of this sort for he has not only lectured on criminology and forensic psychiatry in London University, but also for many years has been chiefly concerned with the ascertainment of mental disorders and defects in accused persons coming before the English courts.

While the procedure in the British courts is somewhat different from the practice in this country, nevertheless the medical aspects are the same, therefore what the author has to say is of equal import to medical jurisprudence in this country. He begins by an excellent chapter on ascertainment in which he gives the various methods of determining the mental condition of the accused. He comes to the conclusion that the mental condition can be arrived at only