Catton of Stanford University has been in on many famous criminal cases, and is speaking with authority in this book. He analyzes many cases, making apparent the interrelationship of the law and psychiatry, not only in determining the guilt, but showing how psychiatry can be used as a preventative. In section one, he illustrates various types of homicide; in part two, he debunks ""temporary insanity""; in the last part, he discusses the role of psychiatry in criminal action. Interesting from angle of true crime material, as well as valuable for those with a more scientific interest in the problem. Readable without being sensational.