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March 17, 1945

Crime and the Human Mind

JAMA. 1945;127(11):681. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860110061027

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The claim that is made on the jacket of this book that this is the first volume to deal comprehensively with the psychiatric aspects of crime is untrue. Other books dating back to the end of the last century have been published on the subject, and many of them in their day were better than this one. True, Abrahamsen has brought under a single volume many of the more recent concepts of criminologic psychiatry, but his point of view seems to be extremely limited for a volume which has ten pages of bibliography. The author's point of view seems to be limited to a few of the most common articles on the subject having to do with criminologic psychiatry, and there is a preponderance of material coming from New York and perhaps an overemphasis on the reports of the Court of General Sessions Clinic.

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