The Jack-Roller: A Delinquent Boy's Own Story

The Jack-Roller: A Delinquent Boy's Own Story

The Jack-Roller: A Delinquent Boy's Own Story

The Jack-Roller: A Delinquent Boy's Own Story

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In the biological sciences, the invention and use of the microscope has made possible many, if not most of the scientific discoveries in the study and the treatment of disease. For the microscope enabled the research worker to penetrate beneath the external surface of reality and to bring into clear relief hitherto hidden processes within the organism.

In a very real sense, the life-history document performs an identical, or at least a similar, function for the student of personality. Like a microscope, it enables him to see in the large and in detail the total interplay of mental processes and social relationships. In the document here presented and in a series of similar documents under preparation are set forth the findings of long‐ continued, sympathetic, and patient observation through this new method which, if Mr. Shaw did not invent, he has perfected and rendered usable as an instrument of scientific research.

ERNEST W. BURGESS

April 15, 1930 . . .

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