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December 10, 1938

New Creations in Human Beings

JAMA. 1938;111(24):2237-2238. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790500075030

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Those men who read Berman's book on glands and personality will be prepared to find in this volume the same mixture of science and what David Starr Jordan used to call sciosophy, or the shadow of wisdom. Again in this book Berman's thesis is that internal secretions have much to do with determining the character of the individual, so much so in fact that in many cases criminality can be cured by treating the patient with mixtures of desiccated glands.

Although no expert clinician would question the fact that persons suffering from glandular disturbances are inclined to be nervous, psychopathic and unhappy, few real experts in the field of glandular diseases would care to go so far as Berman does. One difficulty with Berman is that he has his own ideas of what constitutes the clinical picture of disturbances of function in glands such as the parathyroid and adrenal, ideas

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