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September 1924

Insanity and Law. A Treatise on Forensic Psychiatry.

Arch NeurPsych. 1924;12(3):356. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1924.02200030109010

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This book is timely. Nothing on the subject has been published for a number of years, during which time views in regard to the classification of insanity and as to just what constitutes insanity have undergone some modification. The legal tests also have been modified materially in various states and even abroad.

The first part of the book would furnish to a medical student one of the best introductions to the general study of mental diseases. It is written in a clear and simple style, and being furnished with a glossary, is made available to lawyer and layman alike; but the medical point of view is never lost. Forms of insanity are classified along the lines adopted by the American Psychiatric Association. In Part 2, the legal aspects of the subject are taken up in sufficient detail to give the reader a comprehensive view of American court practice, and the

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