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December 1963

Cradles of Eminence.

Arch Intern Med. 1963;112(6):991-992. doi:10.1001/archinte.1963.03860060203032

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The study of creativity, and especially the creative individual, seems to attract an ever increasing number of researchers. This volume can be considered a masterpiece, as it shows the trials and tribulations of four hundred eminent men and women of the 20th century. The authors, who are research psychologists, deal with various components and developments leading to human creativity. We have all wondered about the kind of home that produces eminent individuals. What are the effects of father failure or smothering mothers? How important are books and love of learning? This provocative, original study attempts to clarify these revealing questions.

The only criticism one can level at this volume is the sampling technique in the selection of eminent men. The selection of subjects was by including "each person who has at least two books about him in the biography section of the Montclair, New Jersey, public library if he was

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