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Overholser, W. (1954). Psychological Disorder and Crime: By W. Lindesay Neustatter, M.D. London: Christopher Johnson, 1953. 248 pp.. Psychoanal Q., 23:128-129.

(1954). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 23:128-129

Psychological Disorder and Crime: By W. Lindesay Neustatter, M.D. London: Christopher Johnson, 1953. 248 pp.

Review by:
Winfred Overholser

The author, who has had much experience as a psychiatrist in courts and correctional institutions, has presented here, primarily for the benefit of judges and magistrates, a clearly written and authoritative statement of the elementary principles of psychiatry as they apply to delinquency and crime.

First, he points out that judges are trained primarily to sift evidence rather than to deal personally with individuals; hence that a panel of experts (including a psychiatrist) can be of assistance in advising the judge before sentence is passed. He then discusses psychiatry and the various psychiatric groupings—schizophrenia, the psychopaths, head injury, alcoholism, sexual perversions, and so on. There are chapters on murder, theft, and juvenile delinquency. A number of illustrative case histories is given, and add much to the effectiveness of the author's presentation.

The concepts he presents are generally sound and are given in nontechnical language, well suited to the audience to which the book is directed. His attitude is one of helpfulness, not of carping, a fact that will promote its readability by lawyers and judges.

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