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Epilepsy and criminal law: a supplementary comment

Paul, G. M. and Lange, Klaus W. (1992) Epilepsy and criminal law: a supplementary comment. Medicine, science, and the law : Med., Sci. Law 32 (2), pp. 160-166.

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Abstract

Automatic episodes of aggressive or violent behaviour may occur during or after an epileptic fit. Epileptic automatisms are regarded by the law as 'insane automatisms'. A person who commits a crime during the course of a seizure is therefore legally insane and must be committed to a psychiatric hospital. The law of insanity is inappropriate when applied to epileptic automatisms. A change in the ...

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Item type:Article
Date:1992
Institutions:Psychology and Pedagogy > Institut für Psychologie > Lehrstuhl für Psychologie III (Biologische, Klinische und Rehabilitationspsychologie) - Prof. Dr. Klaus W. Lange
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1513226PubMed ID
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Aggression/psychologyMESH
Automatism/psychologyMESH
Criminal Law/legislation & jurisprudenceMESH
Delirium, Dementia, Amnestic, Cognitive Disorders/etiologyMESH
EnglandMESH
Epilepsy/psychologyMESH
Forensic Psychiatry/legislation & jurisprudenceMESH
HumansMESH
Insanity DefenseMESH
MaleMESH
ViolenceMESH
Dewey Decimal Classification:100 Philosophy & psychology > 150 Psychology
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes, this version has been refereed
Created at the University of Regensburg:Unknown
Item ID:25429
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