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October 17, 1931


JAMA. 1931;97(16):1164-1165. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02730160046023

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The Stamina of White Persons Born in South Africa  Correspondence has appeared in the press concerning the stamina of Europeans born in this country. It is alleged that third generation South Africans are inferior in stamina to newcomers and that the best stocks are rapidly dying out. There is not sufficient evidence to enable an impartial critic to come to any worth-while conclusion. The only statistics of any real value are the earlier records of the medical inspection of schools in the Transvaal, and the trial survey conducted many years ago by Dr. Arnold when medical officer of health for the Transvaal. A report compiled in 1915 from data furnished by the examination of thousands of males between the ages of 18 and 45 shows that there is a high percentage of physical defectiveness among male Europeans. These data are not tabulated according to whether the examinees were native born

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