June 8, 1912

Heredity in the Light of Recent Research.

JAMA. 1912;LVIII(23):1813. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04260060162034

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This volume in the series published as the Cambridge Manuals of Science and Literature is a concise but clear sketch of the problems of variations and heredity. The chapter on the statistical study of heredity is as simple an exposition of the biometrical method of Galton and Pearson as can be given. The chapters on Mendelian heredity give the most important features of Mendelism in a clear and easily comprehended manner. The application of the conclusions drawn from the study of heredity in general to the problem of heredity in man are made with logical frankness. For example, "if, as the study of heredity suggests, though it would be rash to say it is proved, man is almost entirely the product of inborn factors which arc little affected by environment. then improved conditions may only encourage the propagation of the degenerate and the race as a whole may go back

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