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January 28, 1939

The Sex Criminal

JAMA. 1939;112(4):360-361. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800040078039

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In his preface the author makes acknowledgment to great numbers of officials in New York who have aided him with advice and opportunities in the development of this book. The author is senior psychologist to the penitentiary of the city of New York and as such has had administrative charge of the sex clinic in association with psychiatrists and technicians. The book takes up the matter from the point of view, therefore, of the physician and of the psychologist, as well as from that of the lawyer. Each year about 1,500 so-called sex criminals are arrested in New York City. Sex crimes, however, are more frequent, the number apparently decreasing from about 7,000 in 1923 to 3,700 in 1935. The author approaches the subject from the freudian point of view, one of his most extensive chapters being that entitled "Infantile Sexuality." It seems doubtful, however, that many freudians would recognize

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