Cesare Lombroso, Left Handedness, and the Criminal Mind
The Theory of Atavism or Born Criminal (By Cesare Lombroso)
Dr. Cesare Lombroso (His work and the story behind Atavism)
Words To That Effect Podcast - 011 - Cesare Lombroso & The Born Criminal
Cesare Lombroso, was an Italian criminologist and physician, founder of the Italian School of Positivist Criminology. Lombroso rejected the established classical school, which held that crime was a characteristic trait of human nature. Instead, using concepts drawn from physiognomy, degeneration theory, psychiatry and Social Darwinism, Lombroso's theory of anthropological criminology essentially stated that criminality was inherited, and that someone "born criminal" could be identified by physical (congenital) defects, which confirmed a criminal as savage or atavistic. These theories do not have widespread support by scientists in Western countries.