- n. Plural form of alienist.
“There was nothing the matter with him physically; and, mentally, the alienists found him normal in every way save for his one remarkable idiosyncrasy.”
“I would have sworn that O'Henry's "The Gift of the Magi" was a love story, but the author once said he never wrote them, "holding the belief that the well-known and popular sentiment is not properly a matter for publication, but something to be privately handled by the alienists and florists.”
“In the epic William McKinley vs. William Jennings Bryan contest of 1896, the Times, which supported McKinley, published a series of articles in which prominent alienists discussed quite seriously whether Bryan was crazy.”
“Detectives in the early 19th century had to rely on their wits and their deductive reasoning like the alienists who were just coming into being.”
“As they grappled with this attributive dilemma, medico-legal commentators came to see the wisdom of the alienists' hypothesis of insanity, endorsing substantial revisions of the common law of non compos mentis.”
“Professionals who treated patients with mental illness were once called alienists.”
“Puffer arrives back in Ayer on the night of the 20th, is detained in her cell for days, is examined by physicians, and is told she will soon be examined again by alienists from Boston.”
“Perhaps they could keep Puffer isolated, bring in alienists—the psychiatrists of the day—to examine her and then make a deal with her lawyer—and perhaps with her—that if she is to be declared insane the statutory charges against the couple will be dropped?”
“After the alienists examined Mabel Puffer, they each reported to the court.”
“He is convinced that there are always physical causes for mental illness and disagrees with the ‘alienists’ psychiatrists about the value of talking.”
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