It is my desire to bring before the profession what I believe to be the primary cause of many groups of morbid conditions heretofore considered as being separate, or as having a very loose relation one with the other.
It is known that the impregnated ovum has within it potentially the whole man or the whole woman; that is, body, mind and spirit. It has within it potentially all that constitutes temperament in the adult and also that which is spoken of as heredity as distinguished from environment, which last, however, as a directing force is largely made up of the heredity of the mother.
In order to lend directness and lucidity to this presentation of the subject, I will state here that the factor, or underlying cause, of the various morbid conditions which will be considered later is the degeneracy of the particular line of life active through the
NOBLE CP. HEREDITARY HYPOPLASIA IN MAN, DUE TO DEGENERACY: THE UNDERLYING BASIS OF THOSE CASES HAVING A HEREDITARY ORIGIN, AND THE RELATION OF THIS UNDERLYING CAUSE TO THE FUNCTIONAL NEUROSES, TUBERCULOSIS, INFECTIONS AND IMMUNITY. JAMA. 1909;LII(7):552–555. doi:10.1001/jama.1909.25420330034002f
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