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December 12, 1891

STUDIES OF CRIMINALS. DEGENERACY OF CRANIAL AND MAXILLARY DEVELOPMENT IN THE CRIMINAL CLASS, WITH A SERIES OF ILLUSTRATIONS OF CRIMINAL SKULLS, AND HISTORIES TYPICAL OF THE PHYSICAL DEGENERACY OF THE CRIMINAL.Read in ihe Section of Medical Jurisprudence and Neurology, at the Forty-second Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, held at Washington, D. C., May, 1891.

Author Affiliations

Professor of Genito-Urinary and Venereal Diseases in the Chicago College of Physicians and Surgeons; Fellow of the Chicago Academy of Medicine, and of the Southern Surgical and Gynecological Association, etc.,; Lecturer on Dental Pathology and Surgery, Rush Medical College; Fellow of the Chicago Academy of Medicine; Member of the Odontological Association of Berlin, etc.

JAMA. 1891;XVII(24):903-923. doi:10.1001/jama.1891.02411020001001
Abstract

The mutuality of interest involved in their studies of the degenerate classes, has led the authors of this paper to combine their observations in a joint paper. This paper, however, is too lengthy for presentation to this Section. We have, therefore, abridged the subject-matter as far as possible, with the view of presenting only the most important features of the essay, reserving its complete publication until some future time.

The present paper comprises a portion of an address upon "The Skulls of Criminals," with cuts of the more important specimens, delivered by Dr. Lydston, at the meeting of the Mississippi Valley Medical Association, September 11, 1890, together with some of Dr. Talbot's studies of the jaws of the degenerate classes, and deductions drawn from an extensive series of cooperative studies of criminals. No attempt has been made to formulate an arbitrary theory regarding the crime class. Indeed, it is the

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