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January 10, 1925


JAMA. 1925;84(2):131-132. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.02660280057028

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Welfare Work Among Psychopaths  In connection with the recent convention in Heidelberg of the societies for the promotion of education among welfare subjects and for the advancement of juvenile courts in Germany, the Deutscher Verein zur Fürsorge für jugendliche Psychopathen held its third session in the interests of welfare work among psychopaths. Schneider of Cologne discussed the danger of psychopaths becoming moral delinquents owing to neglect and lack of supervision. He regards psychopaths as persons who are slightly different from the general run of individuals and who suffer under their abnormalities or cause society to suffer by reason thereof. In defining the term, he avoids referring to their condition as in any way related to mental disease, and, in the discussion that followed, this was the only conception that was advanced. Professor Stier of Berlin defined psychopathy as characterized by constitutional anomalies in the functioning of the emotions and the

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