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The Atkin Report


We published in our last number the text of the report of the Committee which sat last year under the chairmanship of Lord Justice Atkin to consider what changes, if any, might be desirable in the law relating to the criminal responsibility of persons of unsound mind. It is an adroit but unsatisfactory document. It concedes, albeit grudgingly, that the objections which medical men have for many years urged against the existing law are not altogether frivolous; but its proposal for mending the matter is about the least happy that could have been devised. It will not satisfy the doctors, because it does not answer the substantial point of their case. It has already provoked the hostility of lawyers, first, by purporting to be a concession to medical opinion, and secondly, by reason of the form in which that concession has been made.

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The British Journal of Psychiatry
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