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Oberndorf, C.P. (1945). Case Studies in the Psychopathology of Crime (Volume Ii.): By Ben Karpman. (Medical Science Press, Washington, D.C. Pp. 738.). Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 26:83.

(1945). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 26:83

Case Studies in the Psychopathology of Crime (Volume Ii.): By Ben Karpman. (Medical Science Press, Washington, D.C. Pp. 738.)

Review by:
C. P. Oberndorf

This is the second volume of case studies collected by Dr. Karpman. They consist of the records of criminals convicted for various crimes, such as theft of United States mail, the violation of the Mann Act and train robbery. They are largely the autobiographies of the criminals—the first case covering nearly three hundred and fifty pages. As such these accounts are interesting personal records. In the preface Dr. Karpman states that 'some of the cases were studied entirely by psychoanalysis', but the interpretative comments on the minute autobiographical material are meagre and most of the patients' dreams are reported without associations or interpretations. The value of these cases is therefore greater from the descriptive than from the interpretative aspect.

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