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Mohr, G.J. (1950). The Criminal and his Victim. Studies in the Sociobiology of Crime: By Hans von Hentig. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1948. 461 pp.. Psychoanal Q., 19:105-106.

(1950). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 19:105-106

The Criminal and his Victim. Studies in the Sociobiology of Crime: By Hans von Hentig. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1948. 461 pp.

Review by:
George J. Mohr

The foreword of this book states that sociologists look at the social conditions of crime, that psychiatrists and criminal anthropologists look for its physical determinants. The author proposes to examine 'interstitial areas where social and constitutional forces enter into combination'.

The first third of the book is devoted to constitutional factors in relation to crime. Here the relationship of physique in general, and certain physical traits and peculiarities in particular, to crime are reviewed. The author draws heavily upon Lombroso; even such a phenomenon as graying is considered. Included in the section on constitutional factors is one entitled Psychological Variables, of which, astonishingly, subsections on intelligence, tattooing, and criminal slang comprise the total content. The author explains that he regards tattooing as a definite symptom of retardation and that criminal slang indicates the impoverishment and restriction of the emotional life of the criminal.

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