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October 10, 1908

HEREDITARY PREDISPOSITIONS: THEIR RELATION TO INSANITY AND TO SOME OF OUR SOCIAL PROBLEMS.

JAMA. 1908;LI(15):1224-1227. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.25410150028001h

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Abstract

The physician and those interested in social work are daily brought to realize the important, and often serious, consequences exemplified by the tendency of progeny to develop a constitution physically, mentally and morally like that of their ancestors. Yet men still seem afraid to face this question squarely, and are apparently blind to the suffering ensuing from this disregard. Doubtless there is nothing which is of more importance in the molding of our individual and social welfare than the undisputable facts connected with hereditary transmission, and the proper understanding and observance of these laws.

THE LAWS OF HEREDITY.  It is apparent that man, on the whole, uses better judgment and shows more effective interest in the effort to develop a higher type of the domestic animal than in the endeavor to perfect his own kind. And do not the lower animals present on every hand logical and vivid illustrations of

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