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December 1936

REVIEW OF NEUROLOGY AND PSYCHIATRY FOR 1935-1936:

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1936;58(6):1111-1123. doi:10.1001/archinte.1936.00170160157009
Abstract

HEREDITY  The inheritance of nervous diseases has long been a question which has attracted interest. The fear of inheriting epilepsy or insanity still haunts many persons unnecessarily. Fortunately, scientific investigation is beginning to clarify the problem, and recent political events, such as the Nazi drive for "race purity," have made the problem a timely issue. Since May 1934 a committee of the American Neurological Association has been at work evaluating available data, and a preliminary report on sterilization has been made to the association. The chairman, Dr. Abraham Myerson, has had wide experience in this field and has been assisted by a professional geneticist, Dr. Keeler, and three neurologists, Drs. Ayer, Putnam and Alexander. The report1 makes a pamphlet of one hundred and thirty-two pages and is full of important data, references and good sense.Of course there is no doubt about the inheritance of certain neurologic disorders, such

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