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May 29, 1943

Speaking of Man: A Biologist Looks at Man

JAMA. 1943;122(5):345. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840220077033

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This book is a rather uneven combination of scientific facts for the layman, biologic interpretations of human behavior, common sense observations about everything, and poetry. Professor Guyer is at his best in his exposition of the value of science and in his lucid and interesting presentation of the findings of astronomy, chemistry, biology and psychology. The book would have gained in consistency and power if it had been confined to the definition of scientific method and to a summary of scientific knowledge. The biologic interpretations of behavior are inadequate and onesided, since the author does not integrate them with the points of view of social psychology and anthropology, of which he shows little or no knowledge. His observations on human conduct are wise and witty but are often unrelated to his scientific facts and biologic point of view. They seem frequently to arise more out of his experiences as a

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