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Man Adapting

by René Dubos
In the eighteenth century there was lively interest in Natural Theology: The essential arguments were brilliantly stated by David Hume in his Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion. Thirty years later came Paley’s Evidences of the Existence and Attributes of the Deity Collected from the Appearances of Nature. Its success was very …

Cancer Country

Smoking, Health, and Personality

by H.J. Eysenck
When tobacco was first introduced into Europe and Asia, potentates saw harm in it and some enacted the death penalty for those of their subjects who persisted in smoking. But only a proportion of the culprits were in fact put to death for the widespread crime, and the potentates soon …

The Mystery of Schizophrenia

Trapped: Families and Schizophrenia

by L.H. Rogler and A.B. Hollingshead
The main problems of schizophrenia have of late been neither neglected nor solved. Professor Benedetti and his colleagues in Switzerland, who not long ago decided to review contributions to the subject that had appeared between 1956 and 1961, were confronted with nearly three thousand articles and found it necessary to …

Father and Sons

The Promised Seed: A Comparative Study of First and Later Sons

by Irving D. Harris M.D.
Fitting human personality into contrived types is an ancient practice. Many a literary observer of human nature has tried his hand at it since Theophrastus, and many a psychologist has worked out clusters of temperamental traits which he could measure and use as moulds into which the personality of individuals …