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'.1   ANTECEDENTS.   27

PHYSICAL PECULIARITIES OF PARENTS.


It has been frequently asserted that certain physical peculiarities in the parents clash, and that others combine happily in the offspring. I therefore thought it well to make inquiries as to the figure, complexion, colour of hair, height, and other physical peculiarities of the fathers and mothers of the scientific men. I also asked about the temperaments, if they were marked, but the answers to these were few.

Tables showing the number of cases in which there has been harmony, indif fference, or contrast, between various physical peculiarities of the two parents


TEMPERAMENTS OF PARENTS.
(h = harmony, c = contrast).

 
 

FATHERS.

MOTHERS.

Nervous.

Sanguine.

Bilious.

Lymphatic.

Nervous    

h. 6

5

-

c. 0

Sanguine    

1

h. 3

-

c.0

Bilious    

4

-

h. 1

-

Lymphatic    

c. 0

c. 2

-

h. 0

Summar7y-Harmony, 10 cases ; contrast, 2 ; indifferent, 10.
Total, 22.