Book Reviews
May 1941

Wolf Child and Human Child.

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By Dr. Arnold Gesell. Price, $2.00. Pp. 133, with 6 illustrations. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1941.

Am J Dis Child. 1941;61(5):1122. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1941.02000110210022

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This is the fascinating, true and scientific story of Kamala, the wolf girl, who in early infancy was carried away by a female wolf. She lived with wolves until she was 9 years old, when she was captured and taken to an orphanage, where she lived until her death, at 17 years of age.

Dr. Gesell used the carefully kept records of the orphanage as the basis for his study of the mental growth of Kamala. In addition to describing her adaptation to life in the orphanage, he pointed out the effect of hereditary and environmental factors on her development. The case record, with its implications, is of great scientific value for the evaluation of the interrelation of heredity and culture.

In this volume Dr. Gesell has improved on his previous high literary standards, perhaps because the subject allowed him some use of a "scientific imagination."

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