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September 19, 1891


JAMA. 1891;XVII(12):454. doi:10.1001/jama.1891.02410900030005

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At the Red Hill Reformatory, England, exists an institution, the aim of which is to improve the mentality and moral sense of young offenders by correcting their physical defects, and is known as "the criminal reform athletic school." A recent report makes a claim that 94 per cent, of the cases, retained a reasonable length of time, are recorded as cured. If the gymnastic reformation of the depraved is to be the treatment of the future, it will do away with the necessity of the remarkable suggestion, recently presented in the Revue Scientifique, as being the conception of a Californian physician. He proposes that those cases of mental insufficiency that lead to criminality shall have, by legal enactment, to pay the penalty of castration. He does not dwell much upon the direct or deterrent effects of this penal operation upon the criminal himself; the object to be gained is the

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