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(1934). Criminology. By Robert H. Gault. Published by D. C. Heath Company, New York, 1932. Pp. 461.. Psychoanal. Rev., 21(2):226-227.

(1934). Psychoanalytic Review, 21(2):226-227

Criminology. By Robert H. Gault. Published by D. C. Heath Company, New York, 1932. Pp. 461.

As might have been expected, this book, coming from the pen of Professor Gault, is an excellent presentation of the subject matter of criminology and is particularly interesting because it is especially strong in the account of the work that has been done in this country.

Such defects as the presentation has are defects of the subject itself. Criminology, like psychiatry, was in the doldrums at the opening of the century, but psychiatry I think, largely because it dealt with a group of unfortunates for whom there was considerable sympathy, was able to make progress very much more rapidly than criminology. People were satisfied to get rid of the criminals and were not very much interested in what happened to them, the general feeling being that they deserved whatever it was. So that criminology, speaking generally, has lagged behind in progress and some of its concepts still belong to the last century.

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