Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorDavid H.MorseMS, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media
This is the third biography of Francis Galton to be published, and a very good one it is too. The first was by one of Galton's early disciples, Karl Pearson, and is a monumental work of four volumes that has been a veritable mine of information about Galton for all subsequent writers. Unfortunately, the man himself seems to get buried in a mass of detail, letters, tables, figures, and extracts. The second biography, by Professor D. W. Forrest, a psychologist from Dublin, was published in 1974 and naturally concentrates on Galton's psychological studies, particularly his theories of unconscious thought processes (antedating Freud) and the meaning of word associations.
Galton: A Life of Sir Francis Galton: From African Exploration to the Birth of Eugenics. JAMA. 2002;287(4):522. doi:10.1001/jama.287.4.522
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