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October 23, 1897

RACE PROGRESS AND RACE DEGENERACY.

JAMA. 1897;XXIX(17):863-864. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440430043009

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Abstract

A paragraph has been going the rounds of the lay press stating that a distinguished paleontologist and professor in Yale University has pronounced that the Japanese at the present day possess the largest brains, and that therefore they are the coming race that are to rule the world in the near future. Whether he is correctly quoted or not can only be told by seeing his original publication, but the proverbial accuracy of the daily papers in publishing sensational items leaves an uncertainty in regard to this point. On top of this however, we find in a recent work by a presumedly prominent anthropologist, Prof. Chas. Pearson, that in his opinion the dark-skinned races are destined to outlast the lighter or Aryan group, and still another anthropologic specialist pronounces the opinion long since favored by certain of his European confrères, that in this country we are reverting to the type

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