January 1915

Problems of Genetics

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By William Bateson, M.A., F.R.S. With illustrations. Price $4; postage twenty-two cents. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1913.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1915;XV(1):178. doi:10.1001/archinte.1915.00070190181015

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Physicians are traditionally familiar with the study of nature. The present work shows how difficult it is for the medical man to keep up with the broad and rapid current of biologic investigation, yet it impresses on the reader the fact that more than ever, with problems of genetics thrust on the physician by the patient and the lawmaker, it is necessary to keep up as much as possible, if not by actual work, then by reading or otherwise. The style of the author is by no means easy, yet careful reading will disclose many suggestions of value. The medical mind as readily falls into routine as others, and one evidence of this is the acceptance of early evolutionary doctrines as of apodictic certainty. Bateson gives a rude shock to such minds. He begins by a discussion of genetics and the problem of species and varieties, based largely

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