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February 1946

What People Are; A Study of Normal Young Men.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1946;77(2):235. doi:10.1001/archinte.1946.00210370116008

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Seven years ago an institution known as the Grant Study was established at Harvard University "to achieve a more thorough understanding of human behavior characteristics and to interpret them more precisely and wisely." The work began with a study of a selected group of young men in which not only their physical characteristics were analyzed but also their psychologic makeup, in order that they might receive advice concerning how best to pursue successful careers. This book gives the results of what has been accomplished so far.

It is an interesting compilation, combining physical and clinical measurements in common clinical use with more imponderable mental reactions and leading to the general conclusion that within every person, whether he is classified by some scheme as "normal" or not, lie the potentialities of better integration and better conduct of life.

The variations encountered in measuring healthy young men in such ways are interesting:

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