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August 13, 1938

Handbuch der Erbkrankheiten

JAMA. 1938;111(7):649-650. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790330069027

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Because of economic and political changes in Germany there have been few studies following the type of monographic material which has previously been made available for American physicians. Before the war we were deluged with ponderous tomes which, if they made difficult reading, contained encyclopedic information. They were what they pretended to be. The present volume is intended to be a description of feeblemindedness from the standpoint of hereditary diseases with particular reference to the new made tendencies in Germany for sterilization, race purification and the use of medicine for building up the nation as a whole. The volume turns out to be a book which would stress the race purification angle and is a rather heavy study of feeblemindedness from all angles. About one fourth of the book is taken up with the organic brain changes of the feebleminded, particularly those due to bacterial or mechanical traumatism. Exotic diseases

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