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3. Physiological Psychology


This study, as careful and complete as was possible under the circumstances, was made in the Paris Laboratory of Anthropology, and deals with Vacher, whose crimes, resembling those of “Jack the Ripper” in England, attracted much attention, and ultimately led to his execution. By Professor Lacassagne and other experts he was considered sane and responsible. The present highly competent investigation throws doubt on that conclusion, and is well worth attention. Though very incomplete, it furnishes a model which we should do well to follow in our own country; the prime requirement seems to be scientific zeal. This study of Vacher was only rendered possible by very great persistence and much co-operation. Although there appears to be no official prohibition in the way of such inquiries (in this case the family of the criminal desired the investigation), neither is there any official encouragement; Vacher's remains were scattered in all directions; only portions could be obtained. The left side of the brain alone was obtained for study; as, however, the head was also obtained, there was a fair amount of material. The study is well illustrated.

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