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September 1929

THE CHILD OF CIRCUMSTANCE.

Am J Dis Child. 1929;38(3):677. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1929.01930090229025

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Abstract

The author of this book is an eminent English physician who has been interested in criminology for the greater part of his medical career. His early training under Sir Frederick Mott and others led to prolonged investigations in criminology from the physiologic and the pathologic point of view. This book presents a general discussion of crime from the scientific point of view.

The book contains more than 400 pages. Crime is extensively discussed from the standpoint of heredity. "The real reason (for crime) is the loss of inhibition through nondevelopment of the brain." Physical inferiority, including maldevelopment, congenital syphilis, abnormal endocrines and alcoholism in the parents, is stressed. Psychopathic personality, insanity, feeblemindedness, sex perversions and abnormal family traits are included in the most frequent factors contributing to crime. Much space is utilized in severely criticizing the contributions of the modern psychologists and psychiatrists. Psychoanalysis and everything contributed by the Germans

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