med. jur. The name of a disease accompanied by
apoplectic convulsions, and which produces aberration of mind at
childbirth. The word Eclampsia is of Greek origin - Significat splenaorem
fulgorem effulgentiam, et emicationem quales ex ocuIis aliquando prodeunt.
Metaphorice sumitur de emicatione flammae vitalis in pubertate et aetaeis
vigore. Castelli, Lex. Medic.
2. An ordinary person, it is said, would scarcely observe it, and it
requires the practised and skilled eye of a physician to discover that
the-patient is acting in total unconsciousness of the nature and effect of
her acts. There can be but little doubt that many of the tragical cases of
infanticide proceed from this cause. The criminal judge and lawyer cannot
inquire with too much care into the symptoms of this disease, in order to
discover the guilt of the mother, where it exists, and to ascertain her
innocence, where it does not. See two well reported cases of this kind in
the Boston Medical Journal, vol. 27, No. 10, p. 161.
Source: Bouviers Law Dictionary 1856 Edition
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