Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media
Active support for the eugenics movement during its heyday in the early part of the century is commonly, and often accurately, associated with arrogance and prejudice, though students of the period know that eugenics was also attractive, for idealistic reasons, to a number of progressive thinkers and liberal social reformers. The response of psychiatrists to the movement, however, was much more complex than either of these tendencies, as Ian Robert Dowbiggin makes clear in his valuable and meticulously documented study Keeping America Sane.
Psychiatry and EugenicsKeeping America Sane: Psychiatry and Eugenics in the United States and Canada, 1880-1940. JAMA. 1998;279(6):477-478. doi:10.1001/jama.279.6.477-JBK0211-2-1