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JAMA 100 Years Ago
December 2, 1998

HOW TO LIMIT THE OVER-PRODUCTION OF DEFECTIVES AND CRIMINALS.

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JenniferReiling, Editorial Assistant

JAMA. 1998;280(21):1876A. doi:10.1001/jama.280.21.1876

BY J. H. McCASSEY, M.A., M.D.

FORMER SUPT. OF KANSAS STATE INSANE ASYLUM AT TOPEKA.

DAYTON, OHIO.

Upon the solution of this problem hangs the fate of home, nation, and civilization. It is the concern of all good citizens to do something to improve posterity. During the past ten years the population of the United States has increased 25 per cent., but during the same period crime increased 60 per cent. . . . We go on building asylums, hospitals, reformatories and prisons, and we keep them full. . . . It is high time to improve the method of preventing over-production of defectives and criminals. We are too prone to assail results or salve over the surface of our social sore, leaving the roots untouched. No one can afford to ignore this subject. . . .

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