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Insanity and Crime
Dr. John Carswell, in a paper on insanity and crime, read at a meeting of the Royal Medico-Psychological Association, said that the McNaghten rules had received such fresh support as to preserve them for another generation. Yet the medical profession would not admit that the controversy was ended; indeed, there seemed a desire for adjustment of the medical and legal points of view. The rule recommended by the Atkin Committee read: "It should be recognized that a person charged criminally with an offense is irresponsible for his act when the act is committed under an impulse which the person was by mental disease in substance deprived of the power to resist." The committee added: "It may require legislation to bring this rule into effect," and, later, "We have no doubt that if this matter were settled most of the criticisms from the medical point of view would
LONDON. JAMA. 1926;86(5):360–361. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02670310042019