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There is an ever increasing tendency on the part of European physicians to interest themselves in the subject of inheritance and constitution. The line of cleavage between hereditary and acquired characteristics is losing its definiteness the more the opinions of various writers are becoming aired. The newer studies furnish information of the importance of intra-uterine environment on the development of the fetus and child. Environment is no longer the external world into which the child emerges at birth. It would appear that not alone the physical but the psychic future of one's life is predestined by the characters of the chromosomes in the ovum and sperm, the intra-uterine influences and the possession of hereditary "anlagen" which determine the ability to absorb that which may be of value in the subsequent development of the child and even those unhealthy tendencies which may prove its undoing. The several contributors to this volume
Vererbung und Erziehung. JAMA. 1931;96(25):2144–2145. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02720510064029
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