Book Reviews
September 1941

The Wonder of Life.

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By Milton I. Levine, M.D., and Jean H. Seligmann. Price, $1.75. Pp. 114, with 37 illustrations. New York: Simon & Schuster, Inc., 1940.

Am J Dis Child. 1941;62(3):691. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1941.02000150215027

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The importance of conveying some knowledge of the facts of life to young people has received increasing recognition in recent years. This little book performs the task well; the language is simple and the diagrams uncomplicated, so that both may be easily understood by young readers. The experimental proof that life is not spontaneously generated is clearly set forth. From this point the text goes on to the description of a cell and cell division and then to the manner of fertilization of the egg in various types of animals. Simple descriptions and diagrams explain the reproductive systems of both men and women. Some readers who have more or less old fashioned ideas may wonder whether any real purpose is served by the extremely frank description of human sexual relations and whether an activity which, in countless ages and in all of animate creation, has gone on efficiently and effectively

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