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September 16, 1911

An Attempt to Correct Some of the Misstatements Made by Sir Victor Horsley, F.R.S., F.R.C.S., and Mary D. Sturge, M.D., in Their Criticisms of the Galton Laboratory Memoir: A First Study of the Influence of Parental Alcoholism, [ill]rc.

JAMA. 1911;LVII(12):1003-1004. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.04260090225027

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Last year there appeared, issued from the Eugenics Laboratory, London University, a pamphlet by Professor Karl Pearson, entitled "The Influence of Parental Alcoholism on the Physique and Ability of the Offspring." The conclusion reached and specially emphasized by the author was that there was no such influence. Naturally this would be taken up and made the most of by the advocates of the liquor interests and it excited a rather sharp controversy in the medical journals and in the lay press. The present pamphlet is described as an attempt to reply to certain criticisms in an article in the British Medical Journal by Sir Victor Horsley, the well-known British surgeon, and Dr. Mary D. Sturge. Sir Victor Horsley and Dr. Sturg have, according to the showing of this pamphlet, misapprehended some of Professor Pearson's views and statements, as is natural in controversies of this nature. His reply to one or

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