Should Premenstrual Syndrome Be a Legal Defense?

  • Katharina Dalton


Before premenstrual syndrome (PMS) can be accepted as a basis for a legal defense, three conditions need to be fulfilled. First, the narrow definition must be recognized, understood, and followed. Second, it must be shown that treatment has diminished the occurrence of criminal acts. Third, effective treatment must be freely available and implemented with adequate supervision to ensure that criminal acts are not repeated during successive premenstra.


Luteinizing Hormone Follicle Stimulate Hormone Luteal Phase Postnatal Depression Luteinizing Hormone Receptor 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Katharina Dalton
    • 1
  1. 1.University College HospitalLondonEngland

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