By Ben Karpman. Price, $12. Pp. 1,042. Washington, D. C.: Mimeoform Press, 1933.
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It is well known that case histories in psychiatric papers and books do not make easy reading. This enormous volume of more than a thousand pages is entirely composed of five extremely extensive histories of criminals. It is apparent, therefore, that it is a book which is difficult and somewhat cumbersome to read. For the psychiatrist interested in crime there is, however, a great deal of interest in these pages—not so much perhaps with respect to the psychology or psychopathology of these individual criminals, as with respect to the detailed descriptions of the milieu through which they move. Those unfamiliar with the administration of justice to criminals can learn from this book a great deal of the well nigh incredible degradation of human beings in jail. A full evaluation of the more strictly psychopathologic aspect of the book had better be postponed until the parallel volume appears. It is announced
Case Studies in the Psychopathology of Crime. Arch NeurPsych. 1934;31(1):218–219. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1934.02250010230021
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