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February 7, 1903


JAMA. 1903;XL(6):383. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.02490060037006

Aside from metaphysical and recondite distinctions with which the subject has been somewhat obscured, the question of heredity of disease may be stated as follows: Can parents, apart from direct antepartum or postpartum infection, transmit their diseases or defects to their offspring? As regards most germ diseases it is coming to be generally believed that they are not thus transmitted save in very exceptional cases, otherwise than through direct parental infection either after birth or during fetal life. In some cases where no parasitic origin has been definitely established, it is still assumed that such exists and that the same rules apply. While it is still largely recognized that in some diseases a predisposition may be created, yet even this is being questioned by some, and the favorite theory of germ transmission is invoked to account for the conditions existing. One does not have to look far in medical literature

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