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November 18, 1922

Crime, Its Cause and Treatment.

JAMA. 1922;79(21):1789-1790. doi:10.1001/jama.1922.02640210059034

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The author is a lawyer of many years' experience involving intimate contact with criminals and with officers of the law charged with the detection, prosecution and punishment of crime. The book is essentially a plea for the treatment of criminals in ways more humane even than those now followed. The plea, however, will hardly lead to action looking toward the suggested amelioration, for the subject is presented as an exposition of the author's views rather than as a reasoned argument in favor of any more or less well defined plan for relief or improvement. There is no adequate statement of the facts of specific cases on which judgments have been passed, or citations of the opinions of other students of crime and criminals in support of such judgments. With reference to medical expert testimony, however, the opinion of one who has had the author's ample opportunity for observation and study

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