Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet
S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; Journal
Review Editor: Brenda L. Seago, MLS, MA, Medical College of Virginia Campus,
Virginia Commonwealth University.
In this book, Alexandra Minna Stern has achieved something remarkable:
she has said something new and interesting about the history of American eugenics,
that most studied of eugenics movements on which many dozens of books have
already been published.
Eugenic Nation is a series of six essays focusing
on eugenics as understood and practiced in the western United States, principally
California. For the first time, a book on eugenics stars a distinguished West
Coast cast, including David Starr Jordan (ichthyologist, peace activist, and
president of Stanford University), Lewis Terman (Stanford psychologist who
developed and popularized the IQ test), Luther Burbank (Lamarckian plant breeder
extraordinaire), Paul Popenoe (author of an influential eugenics text and
a pioneer in marriage and family counseling), Charles M. Goethe (Sacramento
banker, philanthropist, and ardent conservationist), and August Vollmer (Berkeley
pioneer of modern criminology and humane law enforcement).
Adams MB. Eugenics. JAMA. 2005;294(16):2098-2099. doi:10.1001/jama.294.16.2098-b