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December 1934

Die gerichtliche Schriftuntersuchung.

Arch NeurPsych. 1934;32(6):1371. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1934.02250120248025

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This book is a part of Abderhalden's monumental "Handbook of Biologic Methods." It deals comprehensively with the problems of expert examination of handwriting in its relation to criminology. Most of the book is devoted to a discussion of methods of detecting the identity of handwriting and determining whether forgeries exist in given specimens. Many indispensable mechanical aids, such as microscopy, special lighting and illumination and magnified photographs, are described in some detail. The chapter on the investigation of typewritten statements is based on Osborn's standard work ("Questioned Documents," 1929, second edition). There is a chapter on the pathology of handwriting, which takes up handwriting in schizophrenia, senility, epilepsy, alcoholism, dementia paralytica and other conditions. This section, however, is very brief.

For the forensic psychologist this book should prove of high importance. For the neuropsychiatrist who is interested in the neurologic analysis of movement and the diagnosis of abnormal and normal

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