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Feigned insanity in nineteenth-century America: Tactics, trials, and truth
Systems and Psychosocial Advances Research Center Publications and Presentations
  • Jeffrey L. Geller, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Jonathon Erlen, University of Pittsburgh
  • Neil S. Kaye, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • William H. Fisher, University of Massachusetts Medical School
UMMS Affiliation
Department of Psychiatry
Date
1-1-1990
Document Type
Article
Medical Subject Headings
Insanity Defense
Abstract
Feigned insanity in nineteenth-century America is appraised through a review of the medical and legal literature. The authors focus on the explanations for feigning, procedures used in uncovering feigning, and the role of feigning in the courtroom. This discussion of feigned insanity demonstrates the remarkable consistency of approach to this form of malingering over the past 200 years.
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Citation: Geller, J. L., Erlen, J., Kaye, N. S. and Fisher, W. H. (1990), Feigned insanity in nineteenth-century America: Tactics, trials, and truth. Behavioral Sciences & the Law, 8: 3–26. doi: 10.1002/bsl.2370080104
Citation Information
Jeffrey L. Geller, Jonathon Erlen, Neil S. Kaye and William H. Fisher. "Feigned insanity in nineteenth-century America: Tactics, trials, and truth" Vol. 8 Iss. 1 (1990)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/william_h_fisher/22/