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July 13, 1940


JAMA. 1940;115(2):135-136. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810280047014

A Pennsylvania fellowship plan for intramural training in penal psychiatry has been formulated,1 pursuant to recommendations of the Medical Society of the State of Pennsylvania,2 by a joint medicolegal committee of the Philadelphia County Medical Society and the Philadelphia Bar Association. The plan has already been endorsed by the Philadelphia Psychiatric Society, the Pennsylvania Psychiatric Society, the College of Physicians of Philadelphia and the board of directors of the Philadelphia County Medical Society.

The joint medicolegal committee recognizes the need for education of the criminologist as well as rehabilitative education of the criminal offender. By its plan it hopes to provide an educational institution for the training of personnel and the development of quality research in the field of penal psychiatry and thus render more probable of success any scientific remedies which the state legislature may or has set up for various aspects of crime. The committee believes