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January 18, 1936

Biological Politics: An Aid to Clear Thinking

JAMA. 1936;106(3):243. doi:10.1001/jama.1936.02770030073042

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There are eleven chapters on different topics; e. g., sentiment and reality, the mechanism of inheritance, disease and inheritance, the ascent of man, European races, education. Most of the chapters were prepared originally as lectures and the book is dedicated to "the Wallasey Medical Society to whom part of the original paper was read as a presidential address." The general purpose running through the book is to discuss important biologic considerations—man as an animal—in relation to certain modern political theories and practices. The author announces himself as favoring the view "that by copying and allowing nature to have her head the greatest happiness of the greatest number can be ultimately secured." No attempt will be made to assess the merits and shortcomings of the discussions in the book; they are, however, readable and informative.

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