Punch,  39 (1860), 50.

Accidents and Offences





Narcotics, Crime, Medical Practitioners, Measurement

    Discusses a case of a 'poor young man' who was indicted for killing his mother after he mistakenly gave her an overdose of 'hydrocyanic acid' that she was taking to relieve her sickness. Insists that there was no proof that he had 'given an excessive dose' and is adamant that this is a case of 'culpable negligence'. Goes on to question why members of the court found it so amusing to hear a discussion between the judge and a surgeon witness about the difference between a 'minim' and 'drop' measures of prussic acid.

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