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September 1927

Grundriss Der Kriminalbiologie.

Arch NeurPsych. 1927;18(3):491-492. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1927.02210030171019

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This book, by Professor Lenz, head of the criminologic institute at Graz, should appeal to all scientists who are interested not only in criminologic aspects, but also in the problems of human behavior in general. It is an excellent treatise on the development of personality and especially of those traits that lead to antisocial careers. The book is divided into four parts. Part 1, which consists of three chapters, deals with definitions and the discussion of the underlying factors in the development of the personality and social relationships of individuals, with methods of study, and finally with the particular aspects of criminal biology.

The principles developed indicate a definite rejection of the older static or anatomic point of view and an adoption of the kinetic or functional view. The author approaches the problem of criminology from the point of view of the biologist, regarding the criminal as a living organism