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This dispassionate dissertation on the degeneracy of our times, especially with reference to the increase and the transmission of nervous and mental diseases, is a worthy contribution. Bumke does not believe in the view that acquired disease is ever transmitted to future generations. His conclusions lead him to adopt the opinion of those who see in our social and economic conditions the sole cause for the slight increase in nervousness. This book might become an "eye-opener" to those of our pessimistic philosophers who constantly prattle about the degeneracy of our times, forgetting all the while that in every age and clime there have been individuals who could not "see straight."
Ueber Nervöse Entartung.. JAMA. 1912;LIX(7):571. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04270080253041