Criminal Intelligence

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Reviews the book, Criminal Intelligence by Carl Murchison (see record 1927-01598-000). This book is a reprint of material published in the “Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology”, and the “Pedagogical Seminary and Journal of Genetic Psychology”. Part I discusses opinions and norms; Part II deals with white native-born men criminals; Part III contains certain data concerning white foreign-born criminals. Part IV examines some aspects of Negro men criminals; Part V has to do with women criminals and Part VI deals with certain ideas about criminal punishment under the chapter heading, “The Prevailing Fallacy of Maternalism”. The work's statistics (and it is largely a compilation of these with too little interpretation for psychologic purposes) are based on mental tests given about 7,000 criminals in nine of the largest prisons of the country, and on a large variety of other data from the records of the wardens' offices, and from interviews with the prisoners themselves. In short, Dr. Murchison's book has data for many important conclusions of value to the very timely discussion of criminality in its basal relations to education and public welfare. Its relative dryness is excused in part by this consideration. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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