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March 6, 1967

Crime, Law and Corrections

JAMA. 1967;199(10):770. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03120100132052

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When Adolf Eichmann was imprisoned in Israel, I. S. Kulcsar, a psychiatrist, interviewed him seven times and carried out psychological tests which were later interpreted by Shoshanna Kulcsar and Lipot Szondi (inventor of the Szondi test). These three have collaborated in an extremely interesting study of Eichmann's personality, which is the first essay in this volume.

Unfortunately, the other papers in this huge book are not equal to the first in either interest or importance. Many distinguished psychiatrists, lawyers, psychologists, and penologists contributed essays, but most of these are summaries or repetitions of what has been said before. Despite some difference of opinion as to the relationship of psychiatric disorder to crime, most of the authors share common viewpoints. They agree that criminals usually have personality problems rather than actual psychoses or neuroses, that we need better methods of correction but that it is futile to attempt to cure crime