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JAMA 75 Years Ago
November 14, 2001


Author Affiliations

JAMA 75 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer Reiling, Assistant Editor.

JAMA. 2001;286(18):2210. doi:10.1001/jama.286.18.2210

Foreign Letters


Aug. 21, 1926.

British Association for the Advancement of Science

"Heredity in its Physical and Mental Aspects" was the title of a joint discussion by the Zoology, Anthropology and Psychology sections. Dr. C. S. Myers said that heredity had been viewed from two standpoints—the physical and the psychologic. According to the former, definite units of "behavior" existed, and these were separately localizable in different structures within germ cells, much as various mental functions were commonly supposed to be localizable in different regions of the cerebral hemispheres. Adoption of the psychologic standpoint, on the other hand, had resulted in vague and otherwise unsatisfactory analogies being drawn between heredity and memory. Other and more valuable psychologic considerations might be utilized, and the final solution of the nature of heredity lay in a combination of the two standpoints.