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January 2, 1915

The Juvenile Psychopathic Institute of Chicago

JAMA. 1915;LXIV(1):71-72. doi:10.1001/jama.1915.02570270073027

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To the Editor:  —I venture to call the attention of your readers to the Juvenile Psychopathic Institute of Chicago. Its conception was due to a number of happy influences, its realization largely to the acumen and unselfish work of Miss Julia Lathrop. In April, 1909, the institute was opened, its avowed object being to investigate, to ascertain if possible, the causes of delinquency in children. Naturally, the best field for the work of research was that presented by the Juvenile Court and the Juvenile Detention Home in connection with it, and fortunately the county officials were willing.My reasons for this communication are:Medical men should know, first, that such work has been and is being done.Second, that a large proportion of juvenile "repeaters" (the average age at the institute has been 16 years) are defectives (mentally or physically), epileptics, etc.Third, they should know something of the practical

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