Title

Feigned insanity in nineteenth-century America: Tactics, trials, and truth

UMMS Affiliation

Department of Psychiatry

Date

1-1990

Document Type

Article

Medical Subject Headings

Insanity Defense

Disciplines

Health Services Research | Mental and Social Health | Psychiatric and Mental Health | Psychiatry | Psychiatry and Psychology

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