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July 26, 1924

In the Sight of God.

JAMA. 1924;83(4):296. doi:10.1001/jama.1924.02660040066044

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This novel has an unusual interest for medical readers for several reasons: first, its author is a physician; second, it has an earnest introduction by Dr. E. C. Dudley, and third, its thesis is the supreme importance of control over human heredity. The scene is chiefly the copper country of northern Michigan. Here a remarkable character, "Staggering Smith," subject to locomotor ataxia, engages in independent researches which lead him to a determination of the mendelian law. Unfortunately, just as he is about to announce his work, he learns that the monk Gregor Mendel had made the same experiments years before. To the home of Staggering Smith comes a young, illegitimate girl, Jane Towerover, whom he trains in his scientific experiments, and who becomes eventually widely known for her own contributions to the field of eugenics. Other characters, such as a half-breed laborer and an adventuring eastern millionaire, complicate the love

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