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June 21, 1947

The Human Frontier: A New Pathway for Science Toward a Better Understanding of Ourselves

JAMA. 1947;134(8):741. doi:10.1001/jama.1947.02880250089030

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Williams is known to medicine primarily for his discovery of pantothenic acid and for his general contribution to our knowledge ofthe B vitamins. In this book he presents in language addressed definitely to the lay reader a philosophical consideration of some of the advances made by medical science. He has been especially concerned with the great variations in human physiology, a subject of the greatest importance since a determination of what is normal may be the first step in the proper consideration of the abnormal. The chapter on the endocrine glands and behavior reviews our knowledge of the glands and the manner in which they regulate our lives. He concludes from his study that standards of what may be regarded as a normal sex life do not exist and lead to the concept that it is futile to expect that each human being will behave according to a pattern that

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