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August 8, 1931

The Criminal, the Judge, and the Public: A Psychological Analysis.

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By Franz Alexander, M.D., Visiting Professor of Psychoanalysis at the University of Chicago, and Hugo Staub, Attorney at Law, Berlin. Translated from the German by Gregory Zilboorg, M.D., Bloomingdale Hospital, White Plains, New York. Cloth. Price, $2.50. Pp. 238. New York: Macmillan Company, 1931.

JAMA. 1931;97(6):413-414. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02730060051038

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Abstract

Much has been said and written concerning the need to treat the criminal rather than his crime. This book presents in strikingly clear and lucid language a psychoanalytic conception of the meaning of much that is called crime. Not only does it indicate the value of such studies for understanding many antisocial acts, but it also offers much in the way of the practical handling of these problems. The authors suggest a practical classification of criminals into three groups: (1) the neurotic criminal, whose crime has an origin in conflicts of the personality similar to those that underlie the psychoneuroses; (2) the normal criminal, who has adopted consciously standards of behavior, not founded on conflicts in the personality, that are at variance with those of society, and (3) the criminal by reason of some organic disease or defect of the nervous system. The book deals in the main with the

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