The Mismeasure of Man

  title={The Mismeasure of Man},
  author={H. James Birx and Richard Erskine Frere Leakey and Edward P. Dutton and Stephen J. Gould and W. W. Norton},
When published in 1981, The Mismeasure of Man was immediately hailed as a masterwork, the ringing answer to those who would classify people, rank them according to their supposed genetic gifts and limits. And yet the idea of innate limits-of biology as destiny-dies hard, as witness the attention devoted to The Bell Curve, whose arguments are here so effectively anticipated and thoroughly undermined by Stephen Jay Gould. In this edition Dr. Gould has written a substantial new introduction… Expand
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  • K. Korb
  • Sociology, Medicine
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  • 1994
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