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March 27, 1943

The Biology of the Negro

JAMA. 1943;121(13):1115. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840130129030

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Approximately one tenth of the people of the United States are Negroes. The Negro race in addition makes up a large portion of the population in other parts of the world. Although these are statements of fact it is a difficult problem to determine just what people should be included under the term "Negro." This book by Lewis on the biologic characteristics of the Negro fulfils a real need and helps to define the term "Negro." It is principally, although not exclusively, a comparison between the biologic characteristics of the American Negro (who is in some respects different from his African counterpart) and the American white person.

Lewis discusses all the real and supposed biologic differences between the Negro and the white person in this country. Some of the alleged differences he explodes as unfounded in fact and others he establishes as relatively true. The comparative nature of the study

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