Bertillon system


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Bertillon system

An obsolete system for identifying criminal types that was formulated by A Bertillon (1853–1914), a French anthropologist, which based on various body measurements and physical parameters. It was superseded by digital fingerprinting, and more recently by DNA fingerprinting.

Bertillon,

Alphonse, chief of criminal investigation for Paris police, 1853-1914.
Bertillon system - identification system. Synonym(s): anthropometry
Bertillon cephalometer
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However, he did specify the Bertillon system of identification.
1) From the Lyonnaise school see also Pernot (1885), who used Bertillon's identification of the tramp `Buisson' as the criminal Bosconi to prove the effectiveness of the Bertillon system.
McCorn (1896), `Degeneration in Criminals as Shown by the Bertillon System of Measurement and Photographs', American Journal of Insanity, 52: 47-56.