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Book Reviews
January 1927


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BY ALFRED GROTJAHN. Price, 15 marks (bound, 17.70). Pp. 344. Berlin: Urban & Schwarzenberg, 1926.

Am J Dis Child. 1927;33(1):179-180. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1927.04130130186013

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This is an attempt by the eminent professor of social hygiene of the university of Berlin to publish a practical book on eugenics. In this book he traces the problem from primitive people, the Asiatics, the old Greeks and Romans, to people of the present day. Malthus and the neomalthusians receive their due; the present status of eugenics is described, and its future tasks as a national and international problem are formulated. It is stated that the teachings of rational propagation should become independent of all superfluous botanical and zoological constituents and should employ the natural and social sciences, especially pathology of constitution, psychology, sociology, medical and economic statistics. Physical and mental health are determined by social factors, such as environment, diet, work and inherited characteristics. The last factor is hardest to influence. It is impossible to improve the progeny by improving the health and strength of the person. Only

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