Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet
S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University
of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor.
War Against the Weak is an ambitious project
penned by an experienced journalist (author of IBM and the
Holocaust, 2001). Drawn to the topic of eugenics while researching
his previous book, Edwin Black "launched an international investigation" to
unearth 50 000 documents from more than 40 archives (p xviii). The result
is a dramatic retelling of the work of some of the key US eugenicists who
popularized the movement at home and abroad. In some 450 pages, Black drives
home his two main points: first, that eugenics was a corporate enterprise
supported by major foundations, and, second, that the movement in the United
States inspired Nazi Germany.
Kline W. Eugenics. JAMA. 2004;292(7):868-869. doi:10.1001/jama.292.7.868