Feigned insanity in nineteenth-century America: Tactics, trials, and truth
Department of Psychiatry
Medical Subject Headings
Health Services Research | Mental and Social Health | Psychiatric and Mental Health | Psychiatry | Psychiatry and Psychology
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
Geller, Jeffrey L.; Erlen, Jonathon; Kaye, Neil S.; and Fisher, William H., "Feigned insanity in nineteenth-century America: Tactics, trials, and truth" (1990). Systems and Psychosocial Advances Research Center Publications and Presentations. 291.