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Powell and Lang, written from the standpoint of anthropology rather than of law. To the professional lawyer, this may have a certain advantage in broadening his view, but it is difficult to see why, for example, details of general village life have here a place. On the other hand, the extracts from Hobhouse's "Morals in Evolution" ought to make the serious student desire to read the entire book.
It is naturally out of place to discuss all the sections in this review. Particularly attractive are the studies in commercial law by Goldschmidt, Koehne, and Somlo. The junior editor has reprinted a clever presentation of the forfeit theory of pledge, though one must regret that he has not given that part which deals with non-Teutonic law.
We must not close without drawing attention to the instructive contrast in the method and point of view in the different national schools. Paricularly interesting is it to observe how sharply Post attacks that individualism which we have considered fundamental in our conceptions of law and politics. Strikingly indicitive of present German attitudes is the following statement of Kohler on slavery: "Human rights are not advantageous to every development: technical arts must advance, humanity must make progress in industrial life, and for centuries this goes on with the sacrifice of human life. The sacrifice to culture is the highest sacrifice that the individual can make, but it is also one that he must make.” The whole tone of the German group reminds one of the eminent but reactionary Russian lawyer-statesman Pobiedonostsev.
Taken as a whole, the book is most praiseworthy. It gives an anthology of extracts from the most prominent legal writers of our time and furnishes an excellent introduction to legal problems. It ought to inspire many to the further study of legal history. Nevertheless, it does not give us a clear picture of early jurisprudence, such as we have, for instance, in Kohler and Wenger's Allgemeine Rechtsgeschichte. May the day not be far distant when American scholars will produce a similar work for the law of the ancient world. PATHOLOGICAL LYING, ACCUSATION AND SWINDLING. By WILLIAM HEALY and MARY TENNEY HEALY. Boston: Little, Brown & Co. 1915.
This book, as well as Dr. Healy's earlier one on the "Individual Delinquent,” should be familiar to every lawyer with a criminal practice. It is a study of 19 cases personally and carefully studied by the authors. An analysis of their physical, mental and environmental conditions discloses these offenses as connected with a transitory instability of the nervous system undergone by these young people because of defective heredity, defective physical condition and a defective environment giving rise to bad habits. Unlike most criminologists, Dr. Healy knows how to keep the balance between these factors and how to assign a causative influence to the cumulative but incalculable coincidences of minor environmental and habitual factors as well as to the fleeting and faintly palpable passenger elements of psychic disturbances and instabilities. To the lawyer who is confronted with unaccountable cases of lying, accusation and swindling, this book will offer some very valuable suggestions. Dr. and Mrs. Healy promise us a study of the Psychology of Testimony. We are ready and waiting for it.
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