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September 25, 1926

Why We Behave Like Human Beings.

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By George A. Dorsey, Ph.D., LL.D. Cloth. Price, $3.50. Pp. 512. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1926.

JAMA. 1926;87(13):1058. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02680130072039

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Abstract

The fact that this book had twenty-one printings between October, 1925, and June, 1926, is sufficient indication that the author has been able to tell his story in a form comprehensible to any intelligent reader. That story is essentially a recapitulation of our knowledge of the evolutionary development of man, the basis on which he carries on his functions, and the mechanism by which human behavior is established. The scientific accuracy of the story is vouched for by a distinguished list of consultants who have read the various chapters on subjects with which they are especially concerned, and by the fact that the author, through his own scientific training, has chosen for reference textbooks and periodicals of authenticated merit. This ponderous introduction should not, however, alarm the prospective reader. Dr. Dorsey has avoided most of the pitfalls that betray medical writers for the public. He does not hesitate to use

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