In choosing this subject for a paper, I am well aware that it might better be the title of a book. There is so much that can be said about the delinquent child, and there are so many interesting phases of the subject, that I cannot hope to do more than very briefly outline a few of them. My purpose in this paper is to discuss a plan of studying the juvenile delinquent, to draw some conclusions that may be made from such a study, and to propose a plan of training that I believe will be more effective than our present system. I wish particularly to invite attention to the serious type of delinquent.
The study of delinquency in children was begun in an effort to prevent crime and to help the unfortunate. The physician, and particularly the psychiatrist, has been called on to play a very important part