For a Kinder, Gentler Society
The Abraham Man
Growth and Development of Forensic Psychiatry
  • R. Gregory Lande
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The Abraham Man. Growth and Development of Forensic Psychiatry
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The Abraham Man is a fascinating story unfolding during the Civil War era. The “Abraham Man” was a derisive term affixed to persons faking insanity. The fraudulent portrayal of insanity, and every sort of imaginable illness and injury, plagued America’s judicial system at a time when men had good reason to avoid the war, on top of the usual motivations to shirk responsibility one way or another. By tracing the faint footsteps of the Abraham Man -- and Woman, who had her own reasons for evading --, the modern foundation of American medical legal jurisprudence becomes evident.

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Dr. Lande is a forensic psychiatrist. A retired colonel from the US Army Medical Corps, he is the author of numerous medical and historical articles, chapters, and books.  

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Some of the most celebrated civil and criminal trials in American history were argued under the shadow of the Abraham Man. Readers will delight in the detailed stories of long forgotten legal cases which bring the antics of the Abraham Man to...

Some of the most celebrated civil and criminal trials in American history were argued under the shadow of the Abraham Man. Readers will delight in the detailed stories of long forgotten legal cases which bring the antics of the Abraham Man to life. Through the process, readers will follow the careers of notable Civil War surgeons whose post-war professional development shaped the future of modern mental health care. In addition, the reader will learn about the promise of the asylum movement, prominent practitioners of the era, the politics, and eventual decline of institutional mental health care.

Both readers and libraries will find The Abraham Man a refreshing, authoritative text replete with primary source documentation. The engaging narrative deftly weaves the history of science in the 19th century with evolving trends in legal practice. Throughout this period, the budding relationship between doctors and lawyers fashioned the foundation of modern medical legal practice. At every step along the path the Abraham Man sowed confusion and controversy, paradoxically contributing to more rigorous medical practice.

The book will clearly tap into the public’s modern fascination with forensic medicine. Professional readers, such as lawyers, doctors, and psychologists, will find The Abraham Man a valuable historical reference which still rings true after 150 years. Civil War aficionados will discover a fresh perspective and “the rest of the story” about some famous soldiers. Medical history buffs will be enlightened by the devices and stratagems doctors employed to uncover malingering, in many cases the fore runners of modern diagnostic technologies.



Pages 272
Year: 2012
BISAC: PSY014000 PSYCHOLOGY / Forensic Psychology
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ISBN: 978-0-87586-936-0
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