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Benjamin Cardozo. What Medicine Can Do For Law (Signed).

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Benjamin Cardozo. What Medicine Can Do For Law (Signed).

FINE BOOKS. New York, 1930. The second Jewish Supreme Court Justice builds a case for humane medical intervention for certain criminals.

Price: $1,150

“This noteworthy address, with its appreciation of the scientific problems involved, its courage and social vision, will go down in history as one of the most valuable contributions in our time to medico-legal jurisprudence.”

Shientag, Moulders of Legal Thought 39.

SIGNED “Benjamin N. Cardozo” on front free endpaper while he served as Chief Justice on the New York Court of Appeals.

FIRST EDITION of The Anniversary Discourse delivered before the New York Academy of Medicine on November 1, 1928. Cardozo presented this lecture before a group of New York’s most eminent physicians. In it he builds a most interesting case for the intervention of medicine before the sentencing of convicted criminals. He cites Switzerland as most humanely examining law breakers of low mentality who should be considered differently in light of their inferior intelligence.

Shortly after the delivery of Judge Cardozo’s address before the Academy of Medicine, the Association of the Bar of the City of New York appointed a special committee and charged it with the duty of cooperating with the Academy of Medicine and considering and making recommendations concerning Cardozo’s suggestions.

Benjamin N. Cardozo (1879-1938) was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1932 by Herbert Hoover and served until his death in 1938 when he was succeeded by Felix Frankfurter. He was the second Jew after Louis D. Brandeis to serve on the nation’s highest court. Previously, Cardozo served as a judge on the New York State Supreme Court and as Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals. Throughout his distinguished career he was shaped by his background as a Sephardic Jew.

CARDOZO, Benjamin N. What Medicine Can Do For Law. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1930. Original 3/4 cloth over paper boards, pages untrimmed. SIGNED. Very good + condition.