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alienist

An obsolete term for a
(1) Psychiatrist;
(2) Forensic psychiatrist.
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Take the instance of an alienist, your honor, when he is put on the stand.
Wigmore envisioned a subscriber base of "10,000 persons, including prosecuting attorneys, judges, police officials, prison officials, medical men, alienists, psychologists, sociologists, and philanthropists.
Part and parcel to this were also the connections frequently drawn by alienists and literary critics between imaginative power and mental imbalances.
On the other hand, the "poet-philosopher" denounces the philosophical ambitions of contemporary alienists who regard themselves as the heirs of the former "physician-philosophers.
In 1840s America, Southern alienists had already added to the sub-categories of insanity by identifying something they called drapetomania: a slave's "uncontrollable urge to run away from slavery.
The medical profession complained incessantly about the rules, and in lectures, articles and books alienists argued that they alone possessed the necessary qualifications to judge criminal responsibility.
These alienists devoted a great deal of attention to the pathologies of womanhood and the menstrual cycle.
Diana Belais' antivivisection exhibit appeared at the state fair in Syracuse in the summer of 1910, provoking the Medical Record to cry, "These people are afflicted with the mental disease which the alienists [psychiatrists] diagnose as zoophil-psychosis.
Unlike most alienists, whose education was haphazard, Cotton entered his field with sterling scientific credentials.
84 (1931), upholding the constitutionality of a section of the California Penal Code authorizing the court to appoint alienists to examine an accused person.
of criminal stories by literary figures, journalists, court officials, physicians, alienists (psychiatrists) and members of the new social science professions.
The prosecution will have no alienists called to examine them unless the defense makes the first move in that direction.