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August 14, 1937

The Blood Groups of the Bantu of Southern Africa

JAMA. 1937;109(7):531. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780330059036

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Abstract

In this monograph the author presents the results of blood grouping tests on ten different groups of 500 individuals each from ten Bantu tribes of southern Africa. His observations demonstrate that the Bantus are not homogeneous, since there are distinct and in some cases marked serologic differences between the various tribes. His results seem to indicate that the Bantus are more primitive serologically than other black races examined up to the present time. This monograph also contains a review of certain aspects of the technic of blood grouping and the heredity of the blood groups. On the whole, it is written in an intelligent and interesting fashion. Unfortunately, the author does not seem to be thoroughly familiar with the more recent literature, but this handicap is compensated by his command of mathematics and his critical and intelligent presentation. In discussing the theory of von Dungern and Hirszfeld, he presents it

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