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Mutilation. Simple modes of Punishments.

By mutilation I mean the extirpation of any part
of the human body that is endowed with separate motions
motions or specific functions.

Such The parts liable to mutilation are 1st Any portion of the upper or
lower extremities, amounting to a joint[a] without any other over restriction
than that what whatever is below the part designed to be taken of must
be taken off too. 2dly The eyes. 3dly the tongue. The parts he
characteristic of the sex.

It is to be observed that with respect to such parts
as are double, that the extirpating of one of them
does not destroy the function; but only in some a small degree
impairs it. On that account it consideration the extirpation
of a single one of the pair can scarcely be
called mutilation. It might be called Semi-mutilation.
It is at any rate disfigurement. If however
from whatever cause by any accident it happens that before the infliction
of the Punishment the patient had lost the patient is destitute of one of the two
pair of organs in question, what in another case would be
but Semi-mutilation would in his be perfect mutilation:
except it. What contingency ought always to be provided for.

The most obvious method of infliction this punishment
is, by excr amputation by a sharp instrument, or as in the case of
the eye it would be called excision, performed by
a sharp instrument. It might be executed by corrosives,
by fire[ ] or other methods still less obvious, which
it would answer no purpose to investigate.


A Joint for this purpose may be defined, a portion of the animal substance
with so much lime in it as if included between two sets
of ligaments, and is susceptible of motion different in a different direction from that of
any or bone that is contiguous to it.

Identifier: | JB/159/152/004
"JB/" can not be assigned to a declared number type with value 159.


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transient / disfigurement permanent


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jeremy bentham


[[watermarks::l v g propatria [britannia motif]]]


jeremy bentham

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caroline vernon


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