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August 9, 1930

Sterilization for Human Betterment: A Summary of Results of 6,000 Operations in California, 1909-1929.

JAMA. 1930;95(6):434. doi:10.1001/jama.1930.02720060052032

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This book is more than "a summary of results of 6,000 operations in California, 1909-1929," for it discusses eugenic sterilization in theory as well as in practice, not only the compulsory sterilization of inmates of penal and reformatory institutions and of asylums for the feebleminded and the mentally disordered, but also sterilization voluntarily sought. In that way, it gives a better cross-section of the situation than would otherwise be possible. In California, where the study was made, 6,255 sterilizing operations were known to have been performed up to Jan. 1, 1929, in state institutions, about three times as many official sterilizations as had been performed in all the rest of the United States. Unfortunately, no information is given as to the annual operation rate per thousand in each state, among the persons liable to be compulsorily operated on, and the annual operation rate per thousand for the entire population, during

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