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August 20, 1932

PARIS

JAMA. 1932;99(8):665-666. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02740600057022

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Abstract

A Society to Combat Crime  A society has been formed in Paris, on the initiative of Dr. Toulouse, to study, in a group of psychiatrists, medico-legalists, jurisconsults and magistrates, the means of diminishing crime, and particularly that due to uncontrolled passion, which is increasing in France. The explanation is easily found in the extreme indulgence of the juries, who impose insignificant penalties or pronounce acquittals that are often scandalous. Not being in a position to influence the juries, Dr. Toulouse has founded the society of mental hygiene and created the Henri-Rousselle hospital, where free consultations are given in mental disorders. He believes that one can organize crime prevention by starting with the principle that every criminal is abnormal. If the psychiatrist were allowed to intervene, in time it would be possible to diagnose mental states which may become dangerous if left untreated. At the Henri-Rousselle hospital, the patients come of

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