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Automatism re-visited: post-traumatic automatism as a defence to a serious criminal charge.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  7500857     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A case is described of a policeman who assaulted the man he was arresting after receiving a concussive blow to the head. The defence argued he was suffering from post-traumatic automatism and after juries were unable to agree a verdict in two trials he was acquitted. Aspects of post-traumatic automatism in English law are described and theories of the neurology of concussion and aggressive behaviour are discussed. Guidelines are proposed for the evaluation of cases of post-traumatic automatism.
N Wright; D Elfer; I Wright
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Medicine, science, and the law     Volume:  35     ISSN:  0025-8024     ISO Abbreviation:  Med Sci Law     Publication Date:  1995 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1996-01-18     Completed Date:  1996-01-18     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0400721     Medline TA:  Med Sci Law     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  327-32     Citation Subset:  IM    
Maudsley Hospital, London.
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MeSH Terms
Automatism* / diagnosis,  etiology,  physiopathology
Craniocerebral Trauma / psychology*
Criminal Law*
Police / legislation & jurisprudence
Violence / psychology*

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