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September 3, 1927

Das Problem des Charakteraufbaus; seine Gestaltung durch die erbbiologische Persönlichkeitsanalyse.

JAMA. 1927;89(10):814. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02690100076044

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The great interest that has developed in the subject of types of personality and their relations with body construction, especially the work of Kretschmer, is an indication of a growing realization of the importance of studying the man as a whole. In this volume the author reviews the various systems of personality classification and construction and then discusses the problems of developing this material in the light of biologic inheritance—the isolation of definite genotypic anlages or genetic radicles which enter into the building up of the mental entity of the individual. The subject is illustrated by the discussion of childhood psychology and the evolution and fate of different types, and makes use of clinical and historical material in a keen-sighted manner. The book is necessarily somewhat technical and requires considerable acquaintance with the subject for its understanding, but it is well planned and can be recommended to all interested in

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