A Treatise on the Medical Jurisprudence of Insanity
By Isaac Ray
2000/03 - Beard Books - Medical Classic
1893122727 - Paperback - Reprint - 490 pp.
A fascinating look at early legal principles that were based on misconceptions of insanity, and sets forth a systematic classification of the malady.
This book is a fascinating look at the early development of the principles that have regulated the civil and criminal responsibilities of the insane. Interestingly, principles of law were laid down long before physicians had any solid understanding of the malady. Legislators and jurists had done little more than indicate some of the obvious divisions of insanity. This book addresses some of the popular misconceptions of mental derangement and sets forth a systematic classification of the various forms of insanity.
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Issac Ray, (1807-1881). In 1838, he published "A Treatise on the Medical Jurisprudence of Insanity". That book, and Ray's subsequent efforts established forensic psychiatry in the United States as a discipline with its own body of knowledge, skills, and professional goals. In 1896 Ray published a paper "Confinement of the Insane", in which he presented the three elements vital for any law regarding the involuntary hospitalization of the insane.
||Mental Disease in General
||Legal consequences of Mental Deficiency
||Pathology and symptoms of Mania
||General Intellectual Mania
||Partial Intellectual Mania
||General Moral Mania
||Partial Moral Mania
||Legal consequences of Mania
||Legal consequences of Intellectual Mania
||Legal consequences of Moral Mania
||Legal consequences of Dementia
||Legal consequences of Delirium
||Duration and curability of Madness
||Legal consequences of Suicide
||Legal consequences of Somnambulism
||Effect of insanity on Evidence
||Legal consequences of Drunkenness