May 1931

Human Biology and Racial Welfare.

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Edited by Edmund V. Cowdry, Professor of Cytology, Washington University, St. Louis. Price, $6. Pp 612. New York: Paul B. Hoeber, Inc., 1930.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1931;47(5):826-827. doi:10.1001/archinte.1931.00140230153015

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Twenty-seven contributors of recognized authority in their chosen fields have cooperated remarkably well in developing what amounts to a survey course in "human biology" for students, especially medical, and for mature lay readers. The need for such an integration of the many special sciences involved in the complete study of man is charmingly set forth in the keen analysis by Edwin R. Embree, who wrote the introduction. The book proceeds in logical steps from the astronomical consideration of life through the origin and evolution of man, his internal and external adjustments, including such topics as climate, food, urban and rural environment, antisocial behavior, disease, science and industry, and education. The future of man is treated in relation to the inheritance of disease, the biology of populations, the mingling of races, the purposeful improvement of the race and the intentional shaping of human opinion. The vast scope of this book is

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