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Hereditary descent : its laws and facts illustrated and applied to the improvement of mankind : with hints to woman : including directions for forming matrimonial alliances so as to produce in offspring whatever physical, mental, or moral qualities are desired : together with preventives of hereditary tendencies

Author: O S Fowler
Publisher: New York : O.S. & L.N. Fowler, 1843.
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"Though the sun of science has dawned, and is now shining with full effulgence, upon Geology, Agriculture, Chemistry, Botany, Conchology, Natural History, Physiology, Anthropology, & c, enlightening what was before obscured, dispelling the clouds of ignorance and superstition, improving mechanics and the arts, and shedding on man a flood of happiness, both in their acquisition and application, yet a sister science,  Read more...
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Fowler, O.S.
Hereditary descent : its laws and facts illustrated and applied to the improvement of mankind : with hints to woman : including directions for forming matrimonial alliances so as to produce in offspring whatever physical, mental, or moral qualities are desired : together with preventives of hereditary tendencies.
New York : O.S. & L.N. Fowler, 1843
(OCoLC)15310814
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: O S Fowler
OCLC Number: 495867881
Notes: "Amer. Phren. Journal, vol. V, nos. 9, 10, 11 & 12."
Description: 1 online resource (650 [i.e. 266], 4, [2] pages)
Responsibility: by O.S. Fowler.

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"Though the sun of science has dawned, and is now shining with full effulgence, upon Geology, Agriculture, Chemistry, Botany, Conchology, Natural History, Physiology, Anthropology, & c, enlightening what was before obscured, dispelling the clouds of ignorance and superstition, improving mechanics and the arts, and shedding on man a flood of happiness, both in their acquisition and application, yet a sister science, and that the most interesting and important of the group; that of parentage, and the means of thereby improving the race, remains enshrouded in Egyptian darkness. How long shall this darkness be tolerated, and even fostered? How long shall man continue his researches and discoveries in mechanics, agriculture, the arts and sciences, &c. &c., and yet leave this by far the richest field of philosophy and human improvement wholly unoccupied, or entered only after it has been overrun with noxious weeds and briers, which no amount of labor can more than partially subdue? So far as regards the intellectual and moral improvement of mankind, by investigating and applying the laws of hereditary descent, an almost total nonentity exists. Combe, in his "Constitution of Man," has presented this subject, and urged its importance, yet he has given us but a glimpse merely of the laws which govern this department of nature, and omitted all specific directions for applying them to the production of desired qualities in offspring"--Preface. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2009 APA, all rights reserved).

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