General Inntroduction To Forensic Psychology HTML version

AT the National Conference of Criminal Law and Criminology,
held in Chicago, at Northwestern University, in June, 1909, the
American Institute of Criminal Law and Criminology was
organized; and, as a part of its work, the following resolution was
``Whereas, it is exceedingly desirable that important treatises on
criminology in foreign languages be made readily accessible in the
English language, Resolved, that the president appoint a committee
of five with power to select such treatises as in their judgment
should be translated, and to arrange for their publication.''
The Committee appointed under this Resolution has made careful
investigation of the literature of the subject, and has consulted by
frequent correspondence. It has selected several works from among
the mass of material. It has arranged with publisher, with authors,
and with translators, for the immediate undertaking and rapid
progress of the task. It realizes the necessity of educating the
professions and the public by the wide diffusion of information on
this subject. It desires here to explain the considerations which
have moved it in seeking to select the treatises best adapted to the
For the community at large, it is important to recognize that
criminal science is a larger thing than criminal law. The legal
profession in particular has a duty to familiarize itself with the
principles of that science, as the sole means for intelligent and
systematic improvement of the criminal law.
Two centuries ago, while modern medical science was still young,