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January 23, 1937

How We Came by Our Bodies

JAMA. 1937;108(4):327. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780040077034

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The title is intriguing and would make the average reader-parent pick up the book. But he would put it down soon as being a little too difficult, a little too technical for his "average intelligence." As a textbook for college students it can be recommended. Even the average reader-parent will need a guide or instructor to help him. The author presents his subject in three parts. The first is the development of the single cell into the adult human being. The second part discusses in detail the structure of the cell, how the cells become differentiated, and the part played by heredity, genes, tramp cells and their migration. A chapter entitled "Meeting Stresses and Accidents" discusses twins, as well as making embryos develop abnormally. The third part deals with the origin of the various parts of the machinery of development. It deals with the genes and the mechanism by which

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