The Individual Delinquent: A Text-Book of Diagnosis and Prognosis for All Concerned in Understanding Offenders

The Individual Delinquent: A Text-Book of Diagnosis and Prognosis for All Concerned in Understanding Offenders

The Individual Delinquent: A Text-Book of Diagnosis and Prognosis for All Concerned in Understanding Offenders

The Individual Delinquent: A Text-Book of Diagnosis and Prognosis for All Concerned in Understanding Offenders

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It has been a joy to direct for five years the important scientific task which finds expression in the present volume. Our work has been done under favoring auspices and, indeed, with the constant stimulus of a kindly reception. For advice in early planning, and for later counsel, I am deeply grateful to many. My acknowledgments made in an already published schedule for data (24) and in a monograph on mental tests (70) are to be repeated. To my coworkers acknowledgment is also due. Their names are connected with their special contributions.

The organization of the Juvenile Psychopathic Institute is set forth in Appendix B. Miss Julia C. Lathrop, as one of the originators, is indissolubly connected with the research. Several of our advisory council and others have given expert assistance. There has always been encouragement from the wise outlook of Judge Merritt W. Pinckney, who ever urges better understanding of the cases coming before him. Elsewhere we have received the heartiest welcome from jurists and others who cherish the vision of rational treatment for the delinquent.

To the ideals of Mrs. W. F. Dummer we have felt the utmost devotion and responsibility. Her financial support has been only part of her effect on the work.

We should be unjust to our feelings if we did not gratefully acknowledge the fine-spirited coöperation of the many practical workers who handled the delinquents we studied. They have been on the firing-line of effort.

To the dear friends who have aided in the literary preparation of this volume the gratitude of all who benefit by their emendations is due.

The statement of our findings has gradually assumed the scope of a text or reference book, the first on the subject. We hope for our science the growth that other sciences have experienced . . .

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