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May 24, 1941

Medical Genetics and Eugenics

JAMA. 1941;116(21):2448. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820210094030

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Abstract

If the reader interprets the title of this book literally he is sure to be disappointed, for this is not a compendium or a comprehensive treatise. It is merely a rather elementary series of six lectures on certain aspects of general human genetics, with emphasis on the medical and eugenic phases of the subject. The lectures, three by the veteran human geneticist C. B. Davenport and one each by the other authors, were delivered at the Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania in March 1940 in connection with the nineteenth anniversary of the founding of the college. Dr. Davenport presents in interesting form the well known standard data on human variability and mate selection, on some social applications of eugenics, and on heredity in relation to medicine. Dr. Keeler, in a short but interesting chapter, discusses the value of animal experiments to the understanding of human genetics. Dr. Slye reviews her

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