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June 16, 1928


JAMA. 1928;90(24):1963. doi:10.1001/jama.1928.02690510047020

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Changes in the Laws Demanded by Psychiatrists  During the recent national psychiatric congress, Prof. Vincenzo Bianchi presented a paper on the civil status of patients and mentally abnormal subjects according to the present laws, and possible needs of reform. The congress formulated the following conclusions: 1. The determination of the civil capacity of a person charged with mental weakness shall, by legal disposition, be left solely to the decision of a medical alienist. 2. Interdiction proceedings shall be brought against alcohol addicts and drug addicts. 3. In periodic psychosis, the intervals between attacks shall be considered, from the medicolegal point of view, on the same basis as the periods of the attacks. 4. The studies on the remission states that some patients with general paralysis present as a result of the inoculation with malaria cannot be regarded as sufficiently advanced to affirm, clinically or judicially, the complete recovery of the

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