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September 10, 1892

THE MEDICAL ASPECTS OF CRIME PREVENTION.

JAMA. 1892;XIX(11):321-322. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02420110025004

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Abstract

A governmental report on the Fourth International Prison Congress held at St. Petersburg has appeared under the editorship of Hon. C. D. Randall of Michigan. We desire to commend the document to all medical men who indulge a taste for the study of correctional reform. An address contained in this volume, by Senator Canonico, of Rome, may be quoted briefly since it places a most remarkable value on the influence that may be exerted by physicians for the reformation of vicious persons. He says: " The physician is, above all, the director of the prison, and he ought to be. Entering with a loving and devoted spirit the place of each convict, seeking to possess his confidence, laboring with each according to his disposition; better than any one else he can contribute to the awakening of the conscience. The pivot of prison reform is a good personal direction. But the most

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