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July 16, 1949

Crime and the Mind: An Outline of Psychiatric Criminology

JAMA. 1949;140(11):994. doi:10.1001/jama.1949.02900460064038

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This book is the outcome of a seminar on psychiatric criminology at New York University. The case material is derived from New York courts and agencies of the Navy. The author has had complete cooperation in developing the material. It is submitted in two parts—first, the legal and social environment of the criminal and, second, the individual criminal. The book is designed for the trained workers in the field rather than for a popular audience. The case material is not extraordinary but of the type found all too frequently in psychiatric practice. Included among other important cases is that of Irwin, a brilliant young man who became schizophrenic and murdered several persons. It does not appear that modern mental hygiene could have done much to prevent or cure in the case of Irwin, but earlier detection and recognition of the possibilities might have avoided the ultimate catastrophe. The whole subject

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