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October 6, 1934

Erblehre und Rassenhygiene im völkischen Staat

JAMA. 1934;103(14):1095. doi:10.1001/jama.1934.02750400063043

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This book contains twenty-two articles by nineteen authors on different phases of genetics, eugenics, and race and sterilization problems. The opening article, by the Bavarian minister of the interior, is highly political. The succeeding chapters on the hereditary basis for race hygiene by a botanist, and race origins by an anthropologist, are good but demonstrate the deplorable tendency of the whole book to adapt scientific facts to promulgated laws. It is unfortunate that so many well trained scientists find it necessary to attempt to reconcile important and valuable facts to an abortive political project.

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