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March 12, 1927

The Reproduction of Life. A Handbook of the Science of Reproduction in Nature and Man.

JAMA. 1927;88(11):862. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02680370090031

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The object of this book is to give the ordinary reader an understanding of human reproduction. The approach is from the comparative side: there are clear and simple presentations of general biologic principles, of human physiology, of the anatomy of plants and animals with especial reference to the reproductive system, and of human development. The point of view, however, and the facts are unnecessarily antiquated for these days of popular science; there are misconceptions as to some fundamental principles, and there are uncalled for outbreaks of sentimentality. These objections dwindle in importance if the first four parts of the book are considered incidental, and if it is realized that in any case the reader who lacks first hand knowledge of living things can obtain only the vaguest ideas concerning them from the printed page. The main topic is well presented, with "sufficient discretion and delicacy" and piety as well. The

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