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Bertillon system

n.
A system formerly used for identifying persons by means of a detailed record of body measurements, physical description, and photographs. The Bertillon system was superseded by the more accurate procedure of fingerprinting.

[After Alphonse Bertillon.]

Bertillon system

(ˈbɜːtɪˌlɒn; French bɛrtijɔ̃)
n
(Historical Terms) a system formerly in use for identifying persons, esp criminals, by means of a detailed record of physical characteristics. Also called: bertillonage
[C19: named after Alphonse Bertillon (1853–1914), French criminal investigator]

Ber′til•lon sys`tem

(ˈbɜr tiˌyɔ̃)
n.
a system of identifying persons by a record of individual body measurements and peculiarities.
[1895–1900; after Alphonse Bertillon (1853–1914), French anthropologist]
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Noun1.Bertillon system - a system or procedure for identifying persons
procedure, process - a particular course of action intended to achieve a result; "the procedure of obtaining a driver's license"; "it was a process of trial and error"
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He wrote the first of three fingerprint instructional manuals, all paid for out of his own pocket, making his case for the superiority of fingerprinting over bertillonage (the colloquial term for Bertillon's system).
Sin embargo, cabe resaltar la extension del uso de la fotografia ya no solo a otras instituciones, junto con la dactiloscopia que reemplazaria paulatinamente al bertillonage, sino a la poblacion civil en general, cuya identificacion, a traves de la cedula de identidad, se convertia en un elemento obligatorio indispensable para el control de los ciudadanos.
Aunque resulta indudable que la dactiloscopia fue adoptada como parte de las politicas desplegadas por los Estados latinoamericanos para controlar aquello que percibian como nuevas amenazas--movilidad transatlantica e intrarregional de sujetos clasificados como "peligrosos", aumento en las estadisticas del delito dentro de las fronteras nacionales, fortalecimiento de la protesta obrera, creciente anonimato en las grandes ciudades--, la velocidad y la fuerza con que se expandio la dactiloscopia en los primeros anos del siglo XX y las pasiones que desperto su defensa frente al sistema "frances" o bertillonage hacen imprescindible ampliar el analisis mas alla de los usos como herramienta de control social.