February 29, 1896

Concerning Lombroso.

JAMA. 1896;XXVI(9):438-439. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430610040011

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Breckenridge, Mo., February 20, 1896.

To the Editor:  —Having carefully read your editorial on "The Italian School of Criminal Anthropology," in the Journal of February 15. I can not resist the impulse to write you a few words of congratulation for your able and elaborate defense of Professor Lombroso and his modern science of criminology. The Italian professor, as the founder of the new science of criminal anthropology, has been severely criticised by many of our alienists and optimists of religion and science; but it was not surprising that the views he enunciated, relating to problems of no ordinary difficulty and complexity, should meet animadversion and strictures, even among our thoughtful men. You are doubtless correct in saying, "that much that is felt by excellent men on this subject is prejudice (if the word is not too severe) springing from a superficial knowledgeof the works of the Italians themselves and

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