Bibliographical Notices The West Riding Lunatic Asylum Medical Reports . Edited by J. Crichton Browne, M.D., F.R.S.E. Vol. iii. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1873. pp. vi., 349

1874 Boston Medical and Surgical Journal  
We may conclude, generally, that heredity and selection ought to produce an alternation of intensity in diseases. Tho alternation should be the more marked as the disease in question is more fatal, and more particularly attacks the young. Finally, the preventive or curative measures which may have sufficed in the periods of diminution must lose a portion of their efficacy in the period of aggravation, particularly as regards vaccination in its relations to smallpox. The works of Darwin being
more » ... of Darwin being now generally known among physicians, it is probable that many of them have thought of the effect of selection on variation in the severity of diseases. 1 doubt, however, if they have paid attention to its consequences relative to vaccination. Hence, 1 have been induced to make this, perhaps new, application of the ideas of the celebrated English naturalist.
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