July 22, 1933


JAMA. 1933;101(4):294-295. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740290042023

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Eugenics in Germany  In the newly established Reichsministerium für Volksaufklärung und Propaganda, a discussion developed in regard to the essentials for the future journalistic treatment of medical problems. Ministerialrat Conti, M.D., of the medical department of the Prussian ministry of the interior, brought out that one of the first duties of practical eugenics is to support the family idea in every conceivable manner. All scornful remarks, and jokes about the men who are heads of large families of children, should be omitted. Every opportunity should be taken to call attention to the fact that nearly every man who has become prominent in public life sprang from a large family. He emphasized further that the fear of Germany becoming overpopulated is unfounded. Commercialized abortion must be sternly suppressed.The constantly declining birth rate, the impairment of families with absolutely healthy antecedents, and the frequent mingling of races and degeneration of the

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