The Italy of the Italians

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C. Scribner's Sons, 1906 - Italy - 291 pages

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Page 183 - ... greatest chance to work, and in less populated parts, where the contagion spreads more slowly, have been used with great force in favor of the latter view. But there is weighty authority for the belief that, however this may be, "not the nature of the crime, but the dangerousness of the criminal, constitutes the only reasonable legal criterion to guide the inevitable social reaction against the criminal.
Page 192 - Lombroso has too much accentuated the atavistic element in the criminal He agrees with those who deem that of a great number of modern habitual criminals it may be said that they have the misfortune to live in an age when their merits are not appreciated. Had they lived in the world a sufficient number of generations ago, the strongest of them might have been chiefs of a tribe.
Page 187 - ... points of view, he scatters in the many articles he loves to write for English and American periodicals; but his most important scientific communications he reserves for the Archivio di Psichiatria, which he edits together with Ferri and Garofolo. His work is by no means perfect: he is apt to jump loo rapidly at conclusions, to accept data too lightly; thus he was led at the beginning to overestimate the atavistic element in the criminal, and at a later date he has pressed too strongly the epileptic...
Page 182 - The criminal is a microbe which only flourishes on suitable soil. Without doubt it is the environment which makes the criminal, but, like the cultivation medium, without the microbe it is powerless to germinate the crime.

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