Crime and the insanity defence

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For centuries the development of psychiatry was shaped by social norms, political climates, and legal frameworks. This block of podcasts examines psychiatry’s relationship with the law, both from a sufferer’s point of view and a medical practitioner’s, discussing the boundary between mental capacity and incapacity before the civil and criminal law, and bringing out how the mentally impaired were protected from blame or exploitation. This podcast looks at insanity defences and the criminal law, and particularly at who decided whether an alleged criminal was insane in the past.

Image of the week: Daniel M’Naughten, 1843
Full Bibliographic Record: Wellcome Library Catalogue L0000720
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