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May 24, 1941

Wolf Child and Human Child: Being a Narrative Interpretation of the Life History of Kamala, the Wolf Girl, Based on the Diary Account of a Child Who Was Reared by a Wolf and Who Then Lived for Nine Years in the Orphanage of Midnapore, in the Province of Bengal, India

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By Arnold Gesell, M.D. Cloth. Price, $2. Pp. 107, with 10 illustrations. New York & London: Harper & Brothers, 1941.

JAMA. 1941;116(21):2448. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820210094033

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Many years ago a missionary in India found a child, aged approximately 8 years, living in a wolf's den. He brought her to an orphanage, where she remained until her death nine years later. At first she reacted to her environment as would any wild animal, but apparently suitable care resulted in adapting her to human ways, although she never quite fully reached her normal human age. The book, which is illustrated with photographs, quotations and comments by Dr. Gesell, is a striking document, a fascinating contribution to ethnology.

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