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The title and subtitle of this interesting little book indicate its general trend and the contents confirm the indication that there is, in the authors' opinion, only one important determinant of human conduct or of dispositional traits.
The authors' main thesis is that the infectious diseases of childhood, measles, whooping cough, scarlet fever, diphtheria and especially mumps, are lamentably frequent, are usually neglected and often exert a harmful effect on the endocrine glands, with the result that the unfortunate victim must go through life handicapped by physical disabilities, by personality defects, or by both. The authors state in the preface
What We Are and Why.. Ann Intern Med. 1935;8:1167. doi: https://doi.org/10.7326/0003-4819-8-9-1167_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1935;8(9):1167.
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