J. R. E.
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The association of abnormal complements of sex chromosomes (aneuploidy) with antisocial behavior is becoming well established. The criminal who does not have the normal pattern (male XY or female XX) poses some interesting and difficult problems in causation of abnormal human behavior and the definition of legal responsibility for human conduct.
The story of this association goes back to 1962 when Court Brown (1) in Scotland, and Forssman and Hambert (2), a year later in Sweden, reported an unusually high prevalence of sex-chromatin positive males among inmates of institutions for mentally ill or retarded criminals. A majority of such sex-chromatin
E. JR. Sex Chromosomes and Crime. Ann Intern Med. 1968;69:399–401. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-69-2-399
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1968;69(2):399-401.
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