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January 3, 1966

Man and His Future: A Ciba Foundation Volume

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JAMA. 1966;195(1):51. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03100010107043

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In his preface to Man and His Future, editor Gordon Wolstenholme of the Ciba Foundation states, "This book should make people think." It does, and for that reason, is worthy of purchase.

To create the book, Ciba applied its usual formula. It gathered together 27 distinguished men of science (among them six Nobel laureates), mixed 16 prepared papers with seven yeasty discussions, and distilled the essence from the ferment. In the result there appear some uncertain and even grim forecasts for man, but the fresh breezes of the open discussion blow away any traces of gloom.

The papers have a broad scope, including birth control, world resources, automation, eugenics and genetics, the future of disease, and the "biological possibilities of the human species for the next ten thousand years." In the discussions two doubts keep rearing up, doubts concerning man's wisdom in tinkering with his "natural processes," and his ability

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