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November 3, 1894

A Treatise on the Medical Jurisprudence of Insanity.

JAMA. 1894;XXIII(18):695. doi:10.1001/jama.1894.02421230035026

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This handsome volume on this branch of the insanity question contains not only the views and opinions of one thoroughly expert in matters of which he treats, but gives such authoritative and definite statements concerning the subject as to make it of great value to all who wish to keep abreast of the modern decisions and views. The book is divided into twenty-one chapters, of which several are devoted to the psychologic aspects of various cases. Thus, Chapter XIV is given to the psychologic aspects of the case of Edward Newton Rowell; Chapter XV the same in the case of Lucille Yesult Dudley; Chapter XVII, Chas. Guiteau; Chapter XXI, the case of Prendergast.

In regard to Guiteau the author expresses his unqualified conviction that he was insane. In the matter of Prendergast, his conclusion is not clear, but in this connection he states: "Society must punish crime, not for revenge,

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