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September 27, 1890

MATERIALISM VERSUS SENTIMENT IN THE STUDY OF THE CAUSES AND CORRECTION OF CRIME.Read in the Section of Medical Jurisprudence, at the Forty-first Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, held at Nashville, Tenn., May, 1890.

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JAMA. 1890;XV(13):455-460. doi:10.1001/jama.1890.02410390007002

When, in response to the courteous and complimentary invitation of the distinguished secretary, I promised to write a paper upon the relation of materialism to the vice problem for this Section, I did not realize the difficulty of presenting views of a comprehensive character within the compass of a single paper. Since beginning my task, however, I have found that it will be impossible for me to present anything more than an array of generalities. These generalities, gleaned from an extensive range of thought upon this subject, I trust may at least serve as food for reflection.

Some years ago I published in the Chicago Medical Journal and Examiner a contribution entitled, "The Pathological Causes of Vice." This was based upon observations of the criminal class during my service as surgeon at the Blackwell's Island Penitentiary, and in other metropolitan institutions. This article, while well received by