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The Intermarriage of Relations. (From the Quarterly Journal of Psychological Medicine and Medical Jurisprudence, for April, 1869).

Pamphlet]. Allen, Nathan.-

Published by New York. D. Appleton and Company. 1869., 1869
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56 pp. 8vo. Grey printed paper wraps First Edition. The author, in this off-print, reviews the historical and religious proscriptions on intermarrriage between various degrees of relations. The association between consanguinity and disease was made in early history. The association between blindness, deafness, insanity and other disorders was noted in closed populations with a high degree of intermarriage, like royalty. In 1848, Dr. Samuel Gridley Howe, in a study for the state of Massachusetts, found consanguinity to be a factor in blindness, deafness and idiocy. Dr. Charles Caldwell of Kentucky noted the association of dwarfism in the royal family of Portugal with intermarriage. It is argued that, even without consideration of hereditary disease, consanguinity in marriage leads to a loss of vitality in offspring. Infertility is also a noted consequence. What is today called "hybrid vigor" and the deleterious effects of in-breeding had been noted by Darwin. The question of prohibition of marriage in third degree relatives (cousins) is unresolved by the evidence. Beyond this degree, relatedness seems independent of deleterious consequences. Allen (1813–89), the first editor of the American Phrenological Journal and Miscellany, was a prominent physician., author and editor. This paper was among his most illustrious writings. Browning of wraps. Slight wear at ends of spine. Else, Very Good . DAB (for Allen). Bookseller Inventory # 9534

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Title: The Intermarriage of Relations. (From the ...

Publisher: New York. D. Appleton and Company. 1869.

Publication Date: 1869

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: 1st Edition

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