Family Treasures. A Study of the Inheritance of Normal Characteristics in Man

By: Whitney DD;

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1942 ILLUSTRATED POPULAR EUGENICS TEXT FOR AMATEURS! 10 inches tall hardcover, 299 pages, blue cloth binding, gilt title on spine, 234 photographic illustrations. Covers bright and clean, previous owner's signature front paste-down, no other marks, very good. PREFACE: 'This book is written for amateurs in the study of human heredity and for those who are interested in personal inheritance of family traits. It is a simple presentation mainly by photographs of many of the normal traits appearing in families of two or more successive generations. During the past centuries nearly all of the emphasis of the study of man las been placed upon his spirit, whereas the study of his body and its origin has been neglected. Recently, however, there has developed a strong tendency to study not only the structure and physiology of the human body but also the source and origin of the many traits and attributes that characterize it. Because too little is known concernng human inheritance, this small collection of photographs of normal traits is presented in the belief that it will stimuate other students to make more extensive studies of particular family traits. From such collections valuable information will surely be obtained which will help to clarify the number of ancestral traits that are involved in making n individual person and may also furnish information con:erning the method of the inheritance of these traits.' Cited by Comfort in THE SCIENCE OF HUMAN PERFECTION (2012): 'A typical patient work-up by the Heredity Clinic staff involved an updated, medicalized Galtonian biometry. Their parsing of the body relied heavily on a semipopular book published in 1942 called Family Treasures. Billed as being directed primarily at amateurs, it was a sort of field guide to the human body, a taxonomy grouped by body part, heavily illustrated with more or less clinical photographs and accompanied by a narrative and descriptive, rather than analytical, text. The staff recorded a battery of test results, including assessments of mental acuity and musical talent, as well as a wide range of anthropometric measurements. They recognized ten different shades of skin color, including four shades of brown but no black. They recorded reflexes, tongue protrusion, 'mental condition,' 'habits,' speech, memory, attentiveness, and visual, auditory, and olfactory abilities. In short, they were interested in the same range of traits as Charles Davenport had been, but their measures were less laden with value judgments and stereotypes.'

Title: Family Treasures. A Study of the Inheritance of Normal Characteristics in Man

Author Name: Whitney DD;

Edition: First edition

Location Published: Lancaster, PA, The Jaques Cattell Press: 1942

Categories: Physiology, Eugenics, Eugenics, Genetics

Seller ID: 135

Keywords: eugenics, genetics, physiology, science, society