JAMA 75 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer
Reiling, Assistant Editor.
Aug. 21, 1926.
British Association for the Advancement of Science
"Heredity in its Physical and Mental Aspects" was the title of a joint
discussion by the Zoology, Anthropology and Psychology sections. Dr. C. S.
Myers said that heredity had been viewed from two standpoints—the physical
and the psychologic. According to the former, definite units of "behavior"
existed, and these were separately localizable in different structures within
germ cells, much as various mental functions were commonly supposed to be
localizable in different regions of the cerebral hemispheres. Adoption of
the psychologic standpoint, on the other hand, had resulted in vague and otherwise
unsatisfactory analogies being drawn between heredity and memory. Other and
more valuable psychologic considerations might be utilized, and the final
solution of the nature of heredity lay in a combination of the two standpoints.
HEREDITY. JAMA. 2001;286(18):2210. doi:10.1001/jama.286.18.2210