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Crime and epilepsy, 19th century

Crime and epilepsy, 19th century


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Crime and epilepsy. Italy during the years 1843 to 1856. Many studies have been carried out on epilepsy and violent crime. By the 1990s, the idea of a direct connection between epilepsy and violence had been discredited and abandoned. This illustration is from 'L'Homme Criminel', a French edition of 'L'Uomo Delinquente' (1876) by Italian criminologist and physician Cesare Lombroso (1835-1909). Considered the father of criminology, his work was based on physiognomy, anthropology, and evolutionary theory (atavism). His now-discredited theory (also rejected by many at the time) was that criminality was inherited and that criminals could be identified by physical traits.

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