1886 Boston Medical and Surgical Journal  
expressed the opinion that the term insanity should never be applied except where the patient was beyond recovery of his reason. Dr. Wm. A. Hammond spoke of the difference between legal and medical insanity, stating that a person might be medically insane, and yet be held by the law to be sane. The standard, adopted in New Y"ork was correct, he thought, that a man was insane when he did not know right from wrong, or the nature or consequences of his acts. -
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