Trial of the Assassin Guiteau Psychiatry and the Law in the Gilded Age

ISBN-10: 0226727173

ISBN-13: 9780226727172

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Description: In this brilliant study, Charles Rosenberg uses the celebrated trial of Charles Guiteau, who assassinated President Garfield in 1881, to explore insanity and criminal responsibility in the Gilded Age. Rosenberg masterfully reconstructs the courtroom battle waged by twenty-four expert witnesses who represented the two major schools of psychiatric thought of the generation immediately preceding Freud. Although the role of genetics in behavior was widely accepted, these psychiatrists fiercely debated whether heredity had predisposed Guiteau to assassinate Garfield. Rosenberg's account allows us to consider one of the opening rounds in the controversy over the criminal responsibility of the insane, a debate that still rages today.

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Book details

List price: $30.00
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 10/15/1995
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 308
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

July the Second
September 8, 1841-July 2, 1881Charles J. Guiteau
The Prisoner, Psychiatry, and the Law
Before the Trial
The Trial Begins
Enter Dr. Spitzka
Interlude
The Trial Ends
The Condemned
Aftermath
A Note on Sources
Index
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