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Life history album : tables and charts for recording the development of body and mind from childhood upwards, with introductory remarks.

Author: Francis Galton
Publisher: London : Macmillan, 1902.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : 2d edView all editions and formats
Publication:Medical Heritage Library
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"This Album is intended for the use of persons of any age, however advanced, who may be inclined to begin to use it. They would have to supply records of past years as they best could, partly from their own memories and notes, partly from those of others, and thenceforward to keep the register up to date. Though their books would be incompletely filled, they would be of considerable interest, and certainly very much  Read more...
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Galton, Francis, Sir, 1822-1911.
Life history album.
London, Macmillan, 1902
(DLC) 43049003
(OCoLC)14773189
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Francis Galton
OCLC Number: 659432609
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (x, 178 pages)
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.

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"This Album is intended for the use of persons of any age, however advanced, who may be inclined to begin to use it. They would have to supply records of past years as they best could, partly from their own memories and notes, partly from those of others, and thenceforward to keep the register up to date. Though their books would be incompletely filled, they would be of considerable interest, and certainly very much better than no record at all. Any one of them might serve as groundwork for an autobiography. This book is, however, especially suitable as a present in readiness for infants expected to be born, or for very young children, with the understanding that it should remain in charge of the parents for many years, who would make the necessary entries during that time. As soon as the child had grown old enough to appreciate its importance and to take charge of it, it would be handed over to him or her. In fulfilment of this two-fold purpose the Album contains tables suitable for every year from birth to extreme old age. It is possible in some few cases that the same book may be used as a register during the whole of a lifetime, because a fraction of the population--small relatively, but considerable in absolute numbers--are naturally disposed to register events methodically. Some of these may continue to make records to the end of their lives in the very same Album that their parents had initiated for them. The merit claimed for this Album is that it presents whatever it contains in an orderly fashion, and that while it affords space enough for essentials, it discourages prolixity. The Medical History and the Anthropometric Observations taken together, will supply a complete biological history up to date, which might frequently become an invaluable guide in determining future conduct. By turning over the pages of the book the main landmarks of the owner's past life will successively come under review in their true sequence and in their just proportions. His chief hereditary predispositions can be seen at a single opening of its pages 12, 13. The trials that his constitution may have undergone, through illness or over-fatigue of mind or body, are duly recorded, and their after effects as well. The good or bad influences of change in habit, diet, residence, and so forth, may be traced out. The progress of development, with its occasional arrests, is clearly pictured in the Charts of weight and stature. While the entries are proceeding, the insidious approach of preventable maladies may be detected and thwarted"--Introduction. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved).

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