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January 22, 1927


JAMA. 1927;88(4):255-256. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02680300041020

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Insanity and Crime  At the annual dinner of the Medico-Legal Society, Mr. Justice Greer said that physicians and lawyers were interested in two important medicolegal subjects—the effects of nervous shock and what was insanity. It was extremely difficult to decide questions of the effect of nervous shock, and for his own part he was always inclined to give the sufferer the benefit. On the other subject, that of mental disease, he thought there was not much difference between the medical and legal views as at first sight there would appear, as the problem the two professions had to investigate was the same—to ascertain not whether the accused was subject to mental disease, but whether the mental disease was of such a character that the accused was not accountable for his actions, or to apply the McNaughton test, whether his mind was in such a condition that it was not influenced

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