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February 24, 1912

Heredity in Relation to Eugenics.

JAMA. 1912;LVIII(8):584. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04260020268037

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In reviewing a book it is always well to know the author's aim in writing it. In the present instance the author believes that "our social problems still remain problems. For a long time yet our watchword must be investigation. The advance that has been made so far is chiefly in getting a better method of study. In this book I have sought to explain this new method." "It is the aim of this book to incite to further investigation." The author's aim, therefore, is not only to stimulate investigation but also to point out a better method of studying some of the social problems. It cannot be said that the author has presented anything particularly new in the method of study; the enthusiasm with which he presents the subject may incite to investigation. The author believes that traits are inherited; that the various traits or unit characters are all