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The Lombrosian ideas as regards criminality and degeneracy have been rather pervasive of late years, though not every one who adopts them has studied them intelligently. This little work by a follower of the distinguished Italian criminologist is intended to give in a concise form the general principles of the positive school of penology. In Chapter I a historical sketch is given of the use of the theories on which are based the tenets of the Italian school, and this is followed in order by chapters on the anthropologic theory of crime and the biologic phenomena of atavism, the medicolegal theories of imputability, and their connection with the defense of society and the disposition of the criminal, and the work concludes with a rather more lengthy chapter on mental disorders with reference to their relations to responsibility, etc. This last chapter is not so specially connected with the theories of
I. Principi Foundamentali della Antropologia Criminale Guida Per I Giudizi Medico-Forensi Nelle Questioni Di Imputabilita.. JAMA. 1906;XLVII(7):526. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.02520070060027