The following case is of medico-legal interest, as illustrating the question of the moral responsibility of Epileptics. Where the mind is permanently affected or enfeebled, or there are obvious delusions, there can be no doubt as to the force of the plea of insanity in a criminal charge, but it is very different when the patient is apparently sane, and when the epileptic seizures are of so slight a character as to escape recognition by the many. Moreover, though it is well known to most medical men, that the minor forms of epilepsy are more charged with danger to the mind than the more forcible explosions, such knowledge is very far from general, and has filtered, apparently, much more slowly through the immeasurable depths of the legal mind than some other of the few facts in medical experience that lawyers have as yet absorbed. For these reasons it may be useful to put on record a case which illustrates the question of criminal responsibility in the “smaller” epileptic attacks.
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