Bell observed 40 such befuddling cases of unexplained sudden mania from 1836 to 1849, with 30 of them ending in death. The "exhaustive mania" spurned him to publish an October 1849 study in the American Journal of Insanity. He described the typical afflicted patient as uncomprehending and "suspicious," with dilated eyes and a "pinched-up... florid and greasy" face. "Oftentimes [the] sensation of danger will exhibit itself in the patient attacking any one who approaches him with a blind fury,'' Bell wrote. "If held, he will struggle with the utmost desperation, irrespective of the number or strength of those who may be endeavoring to restrain him... At the expiration of two or three weeks, your patient will sink in death."
Two or three WEEKS.
"Who cares about the Taser?" Dr. Mash squawks. "I don't care about the Taser, and I'll tell you why. Excited delirium was happening before the Taser. Excited delirium was happening in the 1800s, in Bell's institutionalized psych patients. ..."
Dr. Mash was wheeled out by Taser International to claim that Robert Dziekanski died of "excited delirium". This explanation was utterly rejected by the Braidwood Inquiry.
Mr. Dziekanski was dead within A MINUTE OR TWO of being tasered repeatedly.
Dr. Mash is peddling a far too convenient excuse for taser-deaths.
And her claims do not hold up to even causal scrutiny.
There's something about the axis of time (for example, weeks versus minutes) that confuses some people.