Definition of HUNGER


HUNGER

The desire for taking food. Hunger is no excuse for larceny. 1
Hale, P. C. 54; 4 Bl. Com. 31. But it is a matter which applies itself
strongly to the consciences of the judges in mitigation of the punishment.


2. When a person has died, and it is suspected he has been starved to
death, an examination of his body ought to be made, to ascertain whether or
not he died of hunger. The signs which usually attend death from hunger are
the following: The body is much emaciated, and a foetid, acrid odor exhales
from it, although death may have been very recent. The eyes are red and
open, which is not usual in other causes of death. The tongue and throat
are dry, even to aridity, and the stomach and intestines are contracted and
empty. The gall bladder is pressed with bile, and this fluid is found
scattered over the stomach and intestines, so as to tinge them very
extensively. The lungs are withered, but all the other organs are generally
in a healthy state. The blood vessels are usually empty. Foder, tom. ii.
p. 276, tom. iii. p. 231; 2 Becks Med. Jur. 52; see Eunom. Dial. 2, 47,
p. 142, and the note at p. 384.



Source: Bouviers Law Dictionary 1856 Edition

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