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September 26, 1903


JAMA. 1903;XLI(13):790-791. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.02490320030007

It is not very long since someone stated, and the statement was generally quoted by the daily press, that the Japanese possessed the greatest brain weight of any modern race, and the natural inference was drawn that they would in time show their mastery. We have had few accurate data on which to base such a statement, and the one made may be taken as not specially authoritative. Recently, however, Professor Taguchi has been studying the brain weight of the Japanese and has given figures of the examination of some 597 subjects, which figures are analyzed by Dr. E. A. Spitzka in the last issue of Science.2 Spitzka finds by these statistics that the Japanese certainly do show very respectable brain weights. He has used Professor Taguchi's data as to the relation between brain weight and stature, and, while the methods of tabulation differ to some extent, he finds

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