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September 1919


Arch NeurPsych. 1919;2(3):366-368. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1919.02180090116010

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In the volume before us Signora Ferrero has told, with much sympathy and natural appreciation, but with good taste and restraint, the story of her father's long struggle for recognition against prejudice and a curious opposition.

Cesare Lombroso was born of a well-to-do and eminent Spanish-Hebrew family in Verona in 1835, but soon after his birth the family met with financial reverses and his means became limited. HIs earlier education was subject to Austrian tyranny. He was obliged to go to a school under Jesuit control, and under such surveillance that a comrade once reported to the police his possession of a copy of Lucretius. An ardent and precocious student, fond of literature, Lombroso, after the reopening of the universities, entered the school of medicine at Pavia, at the age of 17, and from thence, three years later, he went to Vienna. His mind was filled with a desire to benefit his fellows by study of the treatment of some of their more distressing ills, and to do for his countrymen

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