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July 23, 1938

Season of Birth: Its Relation to Human Abilities

JAMA. 1938;111(4):347. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790300057028

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This remarkable book is one of fundamental importance in human biology and should be read by every physician and worker in fields concerned with racial reproduction. It deals primarily with environmental and time factors of birth that affect vitality, chances for survival, and likelihood of success in later life. The book is in no sense one to be considered for light reading; it is most interesting and entertaining, however, when read with close attention. Since physicians usually have a close advisory contact with racial reproduction, the book should hold for them a special interest. Season of birth, parental age, health and vitality, and the order of birth are all here shown to exercise important effects on the infant's later existence. Present development and use of satisfactory birth control technic makes possible an intelligent timing of births and thus renders Huntington's results of practical importance. In the book it is shown,

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