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January 12, 1929


JAMA. 1929;92(2):163. doi:10.1001/jama.1929.02700280067028

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Conference of Psychiatrists  The annual conference of the Hungarian Psychiatrists was held in the spacious conference hall of the university, October 21-23, under the presidency of Professor Rudolf Fabinyi. It was well attended. The first lecture, by Ödön Németh, dealt with some medicolegal questions connected with mental diseases and may be thus summarized: In cases of undisputed mental disease, patients are not legally responsible. From a medical point of view so-called lucid moments during the course of mental diseases do not exist. If a patient under the care of a guardian is cured, his acts are of legal consequence. Whether such an individual may be regarded as cured or not, however, can be decided only by a medical expert. If during guardianship the symptoms of the mental disease seem to have abated, a judge is privileged to decide whether the mental disease may be regarded as cured and, if so,

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