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Jukes and Kallikaks (Callycats)

Posted by Wray_Jolley on March 06, 2001

In Reply to: Jukes and Callycats posted by Stella on March 13, 2000

: : My father recently used the phrase: "we looked like a bunch of Jukes and Callycats." When I asked him what that meant he said it came from a sociological study of inbreeding done in the 30's or 40's. I can't find anything about this anywhere. Help?

: It's Jukes and Kallicaks, (guessing at spelling) pseudonyms for two families who were studied to determine whether deviant behavior is hereditary.

The Jukes study was done by Dugdale in 1875, titled "The Jukes: A Study in Crime, Pauperism, Disease, and Heredity"