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March 1969

Psychiatric Aspects of Criminology.

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Compiled and edited by Seymour L. Halleck, MD, and Walter Bromberg, MD. Price, $5.50. Pp 82. Charles C Thomas Publishers, 301-327 E Lawrence Ave, Springfield, Ill 62703, 1968.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1969;20(3):381-383. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1969.01740150125021

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"This monograph evolved from a panel discussion at the 1965 meeting of the American Psychiatric Association to which protagonists of the legal, social and psychiatric professions were invited." The purpose of this meeting and hence this book, was to analyze the mixture of psychiatry and criminology. The views expressed herein indicate the difficulty in finding a common ground for these two fields. This difficulty may be attributed not only to the indefinability of the two disciplines and the roles of their exponents, but also to the bias of the protagonists. Because of the strong feelings in regard to the subject and each writer's commitment to his point of view, we are treated to a lively and informative debate which highlights several intriguing problems.

Dr. Bromberg introduces the dilemma to ensue by noting a conflict in definition of the criminal act. Since a definition

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