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Unconscious Crime: Mental Absence and Criminal Responsibility in Victorian London, Eigen, Joel Peter
1 Eigen, Joel Peter Unconscious Crime: Mental Absence and Criminal Responsibility in Victorian London
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A. Johns Hopkins University Press 2003 0801874289 / 9780801874284 Stated First Edition. 1 Hard Cover As New in As New dust jacket 
First Printing. Publisher's full black textured cloth, gilt (blue) lettering on spine, textured endpapers. 8vo. xii, 223 pp. Includes detailed Notes and Index. Publisher's release blurb laid in. Among the defendants appearing in Unconscious Crime are a sleepwalking, homicidal nursemaid; a "morally vacant" juvenile poisoner; a man driven to arson by a "lesion of the will"; and a Jekyll-and-Hyde assailant who underwent his transformation into beast-man while on the stand. These people are not characters from a mystery novelist's vivid imagination, but rather defendants who were tried at the Old Bailey, London's central criminal court, in the mid-nineteenth century. In Unconscious Crime, Joel Peter Eigen explores these and other cases in which defendants did not conform to any of the Victorian legal system's existing definitions of insanity, yet displayed convincing evidence of mental aberration. Instead, they were - or claimed to be - "missing," "absent," or "unconscious": lucid, though unaware of their actions. Based on extensive research in the Old Bailey Sessions Papers (verbatim courtroom narratives taken down in shorthand during the trial and sold on the street the following day), Eigen's book reveals a growing estrangement between law and medicine over the legal concept of the Person as a rational and purposeful actor with a clear understanding of consequences. The McNaughtan Rules of 1843 had formalized the Victorian insanity plea, guiding the courts in cases of alleged delusion and derangement. But as Eigen makes clear in the cases he discovered, even though defense attorneys attempted to broaden the definition of insanity to include mental absence, the courts and physicians who testified as experts were wary of these novel challenges to the idea of human agency and responsibility. Combining the colorful intrigue of courtroom drama and the keen insights of social history, Unconscious Crime depicts Victorian England's legal and medical cultures confronting a new understanding of human behavior, and provocatively suggests these trials represent the earliest incarnation of double consciousness and multiple personality disorder.. This is a new, unopened, unmarked copy. Both the volume and the dust jacket are in perfect, pristine condition. AS NEW/AS NEW. . 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
Price: 59.95 USD
 
 
Masters of the Mind: Exploring the Story of Mental Illness from Ancient Times to the New Millennium, Million, Theodore;Meagher, Sarah E.;Grossman, Seth D.
2 Million, Theodore;Meagher, Sarah E.;Grossman, Seth D. Masters of the Mind: Exploring the Story of Mental Illness from Ancient Times to the New Millennium
Hoboken, NJ John Wiley & Sons Inc 2004 0471469858 / 9780471469858 First Edition Thus. 1 Hard Cover As New in As New dust jacket 
First Printing. Publisher's full black cloth boards, gilt lettering on spine. 8vo. xxiii, (iv), 641 pp. Illustrated with B&W photographs and chronological tables. This is a new, unopened, unmarked copy. Both the volume and the unclipped dust jacket are in perfect, pristine condition. AS NEW/AS NEW. "A magnificent work from an author who is, himself, a master of the mind." - Raymond D. Fowler, PhD Past president and former CEO of the American Psychological Association. "Sweeping in scope and truly impressive in its scholarship, Millon's text traces historical developments and identifies the thinkers and scientists who from antiquity to the present time have shaped contemporary understanding of how the mind works. This captivating and informative volume will be appreciated and valued by all readers interested in the history of ideas." - Irving B. Weiner, PhD, University of South Florida. "Wide ranging, cohesive, and eminently readable, Theodore Millon's Masters of the Mind is a tour de force from one of the world's leading psychologists.a major touchstone for all those interested in these fascinating stories of mental disorders and the search for systems to understand and treat [them]." - Jeffrey J. Magnavita, PhD, Connecticut Center for Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy. "A fascinating, informative, comprehensive, broad-minded, brilliant, and perceptive tour of the universe of views of mental function and dysfunction, this book helps the reader understand contributions from nearly every conceivably relevant discipline throughout history." - Lorna Smith Benjamin, PhD, University of Utah Neuropsychiatric Institute. . 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
Price: 39.95 USD
 


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