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May 16, 1896


JAMA. 1896;XXVI(20):981-982. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430720033008

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The question of responsibility of sexual perverts has been raised in our courts on various occasions within the past few years and has figured in several rather notable cases. That of Alice Mitchell, a few years ago, and the more recent one of Guy Olmsted in Chicago, whicn has been written up by Havelock Ellis and Talbot in the English Journal of Mental Science, are instances. When such a case is for any reason, the circumstances of the crime, the social position of the offenders, etc., prominently brought before the public attention, the question of insanity is likely to be raised, and it is a matter of some importance that prejudice and misinformation should not cloud the judgment and work against the interests of justice and the public welfare. With the partial enlightment, the little dangerous knowledge that leaks into the minds of the laity from the modern publications on

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