HIT-AND-RUN DRIVERS IN A SEMI-CONSCIOUS CONDITION. PSYCHIATRIC AND FORENSIC ASPECTS OF THE POST-TRAUMA SEMI-CONSCIOUS CONDITION

FAHRERFLUCHT IN DAEMMERZUSTAND PSYCHIATRISCHE UND FORENSISCHE ASPEKTE DES POSTTRAUMATISCHEN DAEMMERZUSTANDES

The cases of 9 patients are described, who "hit" and then "ran" whilst in a post-traumatic semi-conscious condition. Two drove away from the place of the accident, whilst the remainder ran away on foot. Three of the latter stopped cars while still in a semi-conscious condition and continued their flight in this manner. As a rule, a sharply defined amnesia occurs at a later stage; only two patients suffered from a lacunary amnesia similar to that which occurs after a concussion of the brain. There were no instances of retrograde amnesia. The shortest duration of a post-traumatic semi-conscious condition is 20 - 30 minutes; and it often lasts for many hours. An initial deep loss of consciousness does not occur as a rule and there was only one instance of it amongst these particular cases. This distinguishes the post-traumatic semi-conscious condition clearly from a commotio cerebri and it could well be a separate manifestation of a disturbed consciousness. Actions made during this semi-conscious condition appear to be motivated, and occasionally the patients carried out what they had intended to do before the accident. Thus, for example, two of the patients appeared at their places of work. The report refers to the similarity of this post-traumatic semi-conscious state with epileptic psychomotor attacks on the consciousness. The very difficult problem of a diagnostic definition to differentiate from hysteroid panic behaviour is investigated. /TRRL/

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    International Com on Alcohol Drugs & Traf Safety

    Hammerbrookstrasse 93
    2000 Hamburg 1,   Germany 
  • Authors:
    • Laubichler, W
  • Publication Date: 1977-7

Language

  • German

Media Info

  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 247-257
  • Serial:
    • Blutalkohol
    • Volume: 14
    • Issue Number: 4
    • Publisher: Bund gegen Alkohol im Strassenverkehr eV
    • ISSN: 0006-5250

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00184091
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Bundesanstalt für Straßenwesen (BASt)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 13 1979 12:00AM