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March 19, 1932


JAMA. 1932;98(12):1023-1024. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02730380091042

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The first edition of this textbook, published in 1926, was intended to give a scientifically adequate presentation of the principles of genetics, and of the bearing of these on problems of human society, to readers who had no previous knowledge of the subject. It has been generally recognized to have been admirably successful in this aim. The second edition has been extensively revised. Certain rather technical subjects have been introduced because of recently demonstrated applications to human heredity. The discussion of heredity in man has been considerably enlarged and the discussion of population and the immigration question brought down to date. Problems have been introduced in the fundamental parts to increase the usefulness as a textbook. Numerous other minor changes have been made. One feature that deserves attention is the constant emphasis on the physiologic nature of the activity of the hereditary units. Research in genetics has been largely concentrated

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