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March 3, 1900

Remarkable Instance of the Hereditary Transmission of a Congenital Deformity.

JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(9):572-573. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460090058026

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Cincinnati, Ohio, Feb. 20, 1900.

To the Editor:  —Mr. Archdall Reed, at the last meeting of the British Medical Association, read a paper, in which occurs this sentence: "Though the whole plant and animal kingdom have been ransacked, no single instance of the transmission of characteristics has yet been proved." This paper was crticised by an editorial in The Journal of Nov. 18, 1899, p. 1290, in which you referred to Brown-Séquard's and Westphal's experiments in traumatic epilepsy in guinea-pigs and the shorter and occasionally absent prepuce in Jewish boys, etc., which is taken cum grano salis by Lawrence Irwell, M.A., B.C.L., who takes up the question against you, in the Medical News of Feb. 17, 1900. It is not my purpose to enter the controversy, but I wish to give a little historical sketch of a family of biped dogs that has been under my observation for about six

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