Taylorís Principles And Practice Of Medical Jurisprudence (1905)

The full credits for the above book are Taylorís Principles And Practice Of Medical Jurisprudence, Volume 2, by the late Alfred Swaine Taylor, Fifth Edition, Edited, revised and updated by Fred J. Smith, published by Bradbury, Agnew, London, (1905).

Here are pages 116-8 and 144-6; they were not scanned by me, so donít blame me for theyíre being lop-sided. You can find several editions of this book at the Internet Archive.

As with all works of this nature, actual cases are discussed, they are anonymised except where a court case results.

The first cases that concern us are on page 117: the conviction in France of a dentist for rape; the conviction of a dentist in the United States (who is believed by the author and apparently others to have been innocent); a case from Winchester Assizes, 1859; and one from Liverpool in 1861.

It is notable that hallucinations and delusions of sexual assault in the dentistís chair had already long been part of the medical literature.

The cases in the second tranche - pages 144-6 - are more straightforward if no more edifying. The first concerns a girl of seven. The second concerns a girl of thirteen who falsely accused a schoolmaster. The third case dates to 1847. The other two cases are instructive.


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