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Law Pertaining to Persons of Unsound Mind
A discussion is being carried on at present before the senate on the subject of proposed changes in the law pertaining to persons of unsound mind. The present law dates from 1838 and is in need of a complete revision, in spite of the modifications that parliament has made from time to time. Parliamentary discussions were held on the subject in 1886 and again in 1913, but no definitive conclusions were reached. In 1922, Mr. Paul Strauss, senator, having become minister of health, drew up a new text that provided for radical changes in the law and that had been worked out after a comprehensive study of the matter by alienists and psychiatric societies. That is the draft that has now come up for discussion. The point of view of the public and that of the alienists is rather opposed. The general public,
PARIS. JAMA. 1931;96(1):50-52. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02720270052022