Elements of Medical Jurisprudence

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John Anderson [and three others], 1825 - Medical jurisprudence - 640 pages

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Page 207 - But, if a man dies, and his widow soon after marries again, and a child is born within such a time as that by the course of nature it might have been the child of either husband ; in this case he is said to be more than ordinarily legitimate ; for he may, when he arrives to years of discretion, choose which of the fathers he pleases.
Page 242 - Westminster ; and such," said Lord Mansfield, "is the extraordinary subtlety and cunning of madmen, that when he was cross-examined on the trial in London, as he had successfully been before, in order to expose his madness, all the ingenuity of the bar, and all the authority of the court, could not make him say a single syllable upon that topic, which had put an end to the indictment before, although he still had the same indelible impression upon his mind, as he signified to those who were near...
Page 244 - A lunatic is indeed properly one that hath lucid intervals ; sometimes enjoying his senses, and sometimes not, and that frequently depending upon the change of the moon.
Page 244 - If, after he be tried and found guilty, he loses his senses before judgment, judgment shall not be pronounced ; and if, after judgment, he becomes of non-sane memory, execution shall be stayed ; for peradventure, says the humanity of the English law, had the prisoner been of sound memory, he might have alleged something in stay of judgment or execution.
Page 249 - If such a person was capable, in other respects, of distinguishing right from wrong, there was no excuse for any act of atrocity which he might commit under this description of derangement.
Page 291 - Breathing and the heart's action cease entirely ; the eyelids are generally half closed ; the pupils dilated ; the tongue approaches to the under edges of the lips, and these, as well as the nostrils, are covered with a frothy mucus. Coldness and pallor of surface increase.
Page 124 - Caesarean operation is performed, the husband in this case shall not be tenant by the curtesy; because at the instant of the mother's death he was clearly not entitled, as having had no issue born, but the land descended to the child while he was yet in his mother's womb; and the estate, being once so vested, shall not afterwards be taken from him.
Page 309 - J, began to have a dew, or gentle sweat arise on it, which increased by degrees, till the sweat ran down in drops on the face ; the brow turned to a lively and fresh colour ; and the deceased opened one of her eyes, and shut it again; and this opening of the eye was done three several times.
Page 62 - ... appears, on strict examination by the Court, to possess a sufficient knowledge, of the nature and consequences of an oath; for there is no precise or fixed rule as to the time within which infants are excluded from giving evidence ; but their admissibility depends upon the sense and reason they entertain of the danger and impiety of falsehood, which is to be collected from their answers to questions propounded to them by the Court; but if they are found incompetent to take an oath, their testimony...
Page 344 - For mayhem is properly defined to be, as we may remember, the violently depriving another of the use of such of his members as may render him the less able in fighting, either to defend himself, or to annoy his adversary b.

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