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Kinberg states at the outset that this book is the result of an investigation into possible means of preventing the punishment of insane persons. It is an attempt to uproot "medieval prejudices" on crime and punishment. It is therefore written with the chief emphasis on the study and understanding of the individual criminal from a psychiatric, medical and sociologic point of view.
The author discusses the question of moral responsibility, which forms the basis on which the sociolegal treatment of the problem depends, and states that the concept of "freedom of the will" is untenable. He points out that this concept is chiefly responsible for the failure of the sociolegal treatment of crime to keep pace with progress and development in other sciences. In some countries of Europe and in some states of the United States an attempt has been made to arrive at a practical solution of the problem
Basic Problems of Criminology.. Arch NeurPsych. 1936;36(3):672. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1936.02260090225018