Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media
by Judith Rich Harris, 462 pp, $26, ISBN 0-684-84409-5, New York, Free Press, 1998.
The publication of The Nurture Assumption was accompanied by an unusual degree of publicity, hype, and instant controversy. I therefore anticipated an extremely provocative thesis along the lines of cold fusion or facilitated communication.
The actual book is not so controversial after all. It is, however, an interesting and engaging book to read. Judith Rich Harris has pulled together data from several spheres—developmental psychology, anthropology, sociology, and common sense—and offers a plausible answer to the perennial question of what makes people turn out the way they do.
ChildrenThe Nurture Assumption: Why Children Turn Out the Way They Do. JAMA. 1999;281(8):763-764. doi:10.1001/jama.281.8.763