When this case first appeared in the Court of Session, Edinburgh, in March last, it excited much attention among the general public, and it formed a frequent subject of discussion among members of the medical and legal professions. The progress of the suit was watched with much interest; the evidence led was carefully weighed; the opinions of the medical experts were freely criticised; the charge of the judge gave the utmost satisfaction to some, while the verdict of the jury equally delighted those who held a contrary opinion. The case presents many points of interest for those engaged in the study and treatment of mental diseases, but any remarks to be made on the points which demand special notice will be given after an abstract of the evidence has been presented to the reader. It may be remarked that the evidence was very voluminous, and that while every effort has been made to make the present abstract as short as possible, care has been taken to avoid obscurity, and no really important piece of evidence has been omitted for the sake of brevity. It must also be added that this account of the case has been made up from the reports of the proceedings which appeared in the “Scotsman.”
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