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December 23, 1944

Ourselves Unborn: An Embryologist's Essay on Man

JAMA. 1944;126(17):1121. doi:10.1001/jama.1944.02850520063030

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Abstract

The Terry Lectures were established at Yale so that the truths of science and philosophy might be integrated into "a broadened and purified religion." The committee for the last lectures selected embryology as the science and Dr. George Corner as the interpreter and integrator. The excellence of this little book is conclusive evidence of wisdom in both selections: embryology is significant for religion, and Dr. Corner is a capable, scholarly and sympathetic interpreter.

The book is brief, being concluded in three chapters. In the first, Dr. Corner with consummate skill describes briefly in intelligible and nontechnical terms what to anatomists is the most wonderful phenomenon in our universe—the phenomenon in which one microscopic particle of protoplasm becomes by self-impelled progression a living man—perhaps another Shakespeare or a Newton. This is the miracle of "Ourselves Unborn." We are at that stage both germs and archives—germs, because that small but busy bit

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