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January 25, 1930

Heredity and Parenthood.

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By Samuel Christian Schmucker, Ph.D., Sc.D. Cloth. Price, $2.50. Pp. 322, with 43 illustrations. New York: Macmillan Company, 1929.

JAMA. 1930;94(4):285. doi:10.1001/jama.1930.02710300057029

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This is another volume planned to enlighten the intelligent public as to the secrets of eugenics and heredity. The author traces the evolution of the world as a whole and man's place in the great scheme of life. He then recites in an easily readable manner the story of Mendel's conception of evolution but finds himself soon, as have all others who have gone into this field, in a maze of intricate detail through which few readers will be able to follow him. His descriptions of scientific research on the guinea-pig and fruit fly are interesting, as are also his discussions of heredity on the farm and the stories of such interesting families as the Jukes and the Kallikaks. Chapters on inheritance of health, disease and criminality are an interesting presentation of current points of view. The second half of the volume is the story of parenthood told first through

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