Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorDavid H.MorseMS, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media
by Nicholas Wright Gillham, 397 pp, $30, ISBN 0-19-514365-5, New York, NY, Oxford University Press, 2001.
This is the third biography of Francis Galton to be published, and a very good one it is too. The first was by one of Galton's early disciples, Karl Pearson, and is a monumental work of four volumes that has been a veritable mine of information about Galton for all subsequent writers. Unfortunately, the man himself seems to get buried in a mass of detail, letters, tables, figures, and extracts. The second biography, by Professor D. W. Forrest, a psychologist from Dublin, was published in 1974 and naturally concentrates on Galton's psychological studies, particularly his theories of unconscious thought processes (antedating Freud) and the meaning of word associations.
GaltonA Life of Sir Francis Galton: From African Exploration to the Birth of Eugenics. JAMA. 2002;287(4):522. doi:10.1001/jama.287.4.522