by Winslow, Forbes
1843. Boston: Charles C. Little and James Brown, 1843.. Boston: Charles C. Little and James Brown, 1843. Landmark in the Evolution of Insanity Jurisprudence Winslow, Forbes [1810-1874]. The Plea of Insanity, In Criminal Cases. Boston: Charles C. Little and James Brown, 1843. viii, 111 pp. Octavo (7-1/2" x 4-3/4"). Original textured cloth with decorative blind stamping, gilt title to front board. Light rubbing to boards, moderate rubbing to extremities with some wear to spine ends and corners, early owner signature to front free endpaper, moderate toning and foxing to text. $500. * First American edition, published the same year as the first London edition. The frequent establishment of the plea of insanity in criminal cases was largely due to the Winslow's influence, and he was called as a witness in many celebrated trials. This treatise was one of the first attempts to outline criteria through which to determine the legitimacy of an insanity plea. This issue would be resolved later that year with the establishment of the McNaghten Rules, which this work undoubtedly influenced, and which are still applied in England today. Dr. Winslow, a London physician, was a member of the Royal College of Surgeons and the father of Dr. Winslow Lyttleton Forbes, who is best known for his work on the case of Jack the Ripper. Cohen, Bibliography of Early American Law 8839.
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