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HAGGARD, John LL.D. (ed.).
A Report of the Judgement in Dew v. Clark and Clark, Delivered by The Right Honourable Sir John Nicholl, in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury. Easter Term, 1826.

Edited, by Permission, from the Judge's Notes.

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pp. (iv), 99, (i) Errata. Original paper boards, uncut, spine repaired, lower corners a bit worn, presentation inscription at the head of the title 'Revd.W: Hale From the Editor.', a very good copy.

*SCARCE. COPAC lists copies in the Wellcome and the British Library, plus 6 other locations. An interesting medical item on two counts. The case involved the claim against the will of ELY STOTT, by his daughter, Mrs. Dew, on the grounds that Stott was insane at the time that the will was made. Stott had practised as a medical electrician, inspired originally by his meeting JOHN BIRCH, surgeon at St. Thomas's Hospital. Birch is here described as a 'celebrated medical electrician', though Astley Cooper is quoted in PARSONS History of St. Thomas's Hospital, v.III, with a rather more subdued opinion - 'He was a sensual man; clever, but a bad surgeon. He had neglected Anatomy, and was therefore afraid in all operations which required a knowledge of it. He devoted himself to electricity and thought he could do wonders with it.' None the less, Stott, enamoured of the process, became a student at St. Thomas's and according to the above, '... attended lectures.... and acquired sufficient knowledge of the profession to undergo his examination and to be admitted regularly as a surgeon. He seems to have practised for a short time as a man-midwife, but his great pursuit was medical electricity, which he followed at different places [in London].' He certainly appears to have been successful, having amassed an estate of £40,000 when he died in 1821. The majority of this fortune was left to his nephews, the Clark and Clark of the title, and the aggrieved daughter brought the case of 'non compos mentis' in contesting the will. In her support, Drs. Jenner and Phillimore, and in support of the will, Drs. Lushington and Pickard. The main authorities used in claiming insanity were Locke On Humane Understanding, and Francis Willis On Mental Derangement, and clearly the daughter chose her counsel well since insanity was proven.

For Joseph Butterworth and Son. London.

Date Published: 1826. 8vo.

Stock No. 57456

Price: 400.00

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