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Epilepsy and automatism 

Epilepsy and automatism
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Epilepsy and automatism
Author(s):

Jonathan Bird

, Margaret Newson

, and Krystyna Dembny

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198566830.003.0007
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date: 17 August 2019

reviews clinical and forensic aspects of automatism from neuroscientific and legal perspectives, and focuses on epilepsy and sleepwalking, with some mention of dissociative states, after which a legal perspective referring to statute and key case law decisions will be taken. It will be seen that the clinical and legal attitudes to the often complex and vexatious issues of automatic behaviours and responsibility for actions can frequently prove difficult to reconcile.

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