Punch,  55 (1868), 263.

Look After Lunatics





Crime, Mental Illness, Hospitals

    Asks the Lord Chief Justice of the Queen's Bench, Alexander J E Cockburn, to reconsider his argument (presented in an extract of a report of a recent trial) that 'because a man was subject to delusions' and was dangerous to himself and others, it 'did not follow' that he should be 'placed under restraint' or sent to a lunatic asylum. Punch warns that 'because a man is subject to delusions' there is always the danger that he will harm himself and others, and urges Cockburn to consider the consequences of his view.

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