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March 8, 1884


JAMA. 1884;II(10):273-274. doi:10.1001/jama.1884.02390350021013

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London, Feb. 7, 1884.

The Anthropological Society, at their annual meeting, had an entertaining paper read by Professor Flower, F.R.S., in which he dealt with the subject of ethnography, or the discrimination of race characteristics. Its importance to those who had to rule, he said, could hardly be overestimated in an empire like this, the population of which was composed of almost every diversity under which the human body and mind could manifest itself. The physical characteristics of race, so strongly marked in many cases, were probably always associated with equally or more diverse characteristics of temper and intellect. It was absolutely necessary, therefore, for the statesman who would govern successfully not to look upon human nature in the abstract, and endeavor to apply universal rules, but to consider the special moral, intellectual and social capabilities, wants and aspirations of each particular race with which he had to deal. A

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