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June 10, 1939

Crime and the Man

JAMA. 1939;112(23):2463. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800230087037

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This volume is based on a twelve year survey of the anthropology of the American criminal. It is accompanied by a more extensive work giving all the statistical data on which it is based. Much of the material was used as the foundation of a series of lectures before the Lowell Institute. The author recognizes that psychiatry, anthropology and ethnology all have been concerned with crime and that the answer is not yet available. Since the time when Lombroso contended that the skull of the criminal is distinctive, the anthropological approach to the problem has had significance. Some 15,000 criminals in ten states were examined in this study. The book seems to lead to the conclusion that special studies of the relationship of body build to crime and of alleged occupations of criminals to physique and to general sociological status suggest that the type of a criminal's offense is the

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