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May 1967

Lessons From Childhood: Some Aspects of the Early Life of Unusual Men and Women.

Am J Dis Child. 1967;113(5):632. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1967.02090200164032

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The influence of heredity vs environment in child rearing is an old undergraduate argument. It has been revived in a new and most interesting book. The distinguished authors are pediatricians. They never apologize for their interest, indeed dedication to studies of normal growth and development. They have written about the way children grow up, particularly in behavior and personality as it pertains to accomplishment later in life. The book is not biographical in its content although it contains in short flashback sketches, information regarding the effects that early home and school management and their environment have had on eventual development of unusual talents. The authors particularly concern themselves in the early signs of genius. They have reviewed these influences in the lives of 450 men and women, most famous, some infamous. The book will be of particular interest to parents, to teachers, as well as to pediatricians. In places

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