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January 20, 1951

Charles Darwin's Autobiography with His Notes and Letters Depiciting the Growth of the Origin of Species

JAMA. 1951;145(3):190. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.02920210062033

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This book, an interesting and readable study of Charles Darwin as a scientist, centers on a short autobiographical sketch in which Darwin traced the development of his mind and character in the same dispassionate manner that he applied to his scientific observations. Intended originally only for his children, this sketch brings out again and again the perseverance and industry of that great scholar and his unfailing intellectual honesty. These qualities are again brought forth in a series of reminiscences of Charles Darwin's everyday life, written by his son, Sir William Darwin, and in a number of letters written by Charles Darwin to various contemporaries, in which is embodied the development of his great book "Origin of Species." An essay on the meaning of darwinism by Dr. George Gaylord Simpson, chairman of geology and paleontology at the American Museum of National History, serves as an introduction to this stimulating little book.

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