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February 26, 1938

Apes, Men, and Morons

JAMA. 1938;110(9):681. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790090063034

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The author, who is professor of anthropology in Harvard, has printed many of the chapters of this book as contributions to periodicals such as the Atlantic Monthly and the Forum. The contents of some of the chapters were delivered originally as lectures before various organizations. The author has a sharp tongue, a keen wit and an understanding of mankind which add light and heat to his highly scientific considerations of human beings and their reactions. The book is most suggestive of thought, highly entertaining and altogether most readable. Several of the sections are concerned with the manner in which anthropology is today integrated with medical science, some of the sections especially dealing with the likelihood of research in medicine from the anthropologic point of view. The author's description of man as a machine in contrast to the lower animals is a bitter satire on the human being. Here is a

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