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September 16, 1933

Probation and Criminal Justice: Essays in Honor of Herbert C. Parsons.

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Edited by Sheldon Glueck, Professor of Criminology, Harvard Law School. Cloth. Price, $3. Pp. 344. New York: Macmillan Company, 1933.

JAMA. 1933;101(12):953. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740370057040

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Glueck and his collaborators discuss probation under five headings: significance and legal background of probation, organization and administration of probation, the granting of probation, the art of probation, and the growth and extent of probation. Under these headings, individual contributors write of the promise of probation, its legal problems, the organization of a probation service, the probation problems of a trial judge, case histories, social workers' technic, analytic psychiatry and criminology, the growth of federal and state probation in the United States, and probation services in other countries. To one who is interested only in the medical aspects of probation, the book may prove disappointing. Only one chapter is devoted to this topic, the chapter on analytic psychiatry and criminology, by Dr. Bernard Glueck, based on a purely psychoanalytic foundation. Whether it proves entirely satisfying to the medical reader will probably depend on the extent to which he accepts the

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