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December 1924

The Evolution of Man: Essays.

Arch NeurPsych. 1924;12(6):735-736. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1924.02200060136011

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Few large tomes contain as much neurologic food for thought as this little book of three chapters by Professor Elliot Smith. As the author says, it is impossible to understand how human intelligence came into being until one has some clear conception of the sequence of changes through which the ancestors of the human family passed in their progress toward this attainment of man's estate. And it is just this emergence of the qualities of mind that particularly interests the author. To him it is the process of building up the cerebral cortex that has allowed man to attain his extensive power of discrimination, skill and understanding. He has therefore employed the facts of the evolution of the brain to unite into one comprehensive story the various data concerning man's pedigree. It is the breadth of the author's learning that makes the book so interesting, bringing together the facts gathered