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March 30, 1935

What About Sterilization

JAMA. 1935;104(13):1189. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760130139026

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This is a fusion of medical and biologic science with religion, the latter dominant. Sterilization under any and all conditions is unqualifiedly condemned "as an invasion of God's exclusive dominion over man's faculties." On the strictly scientific side the pamphlet does not give fairly the views of such competent biologists as Professor Jennings, who admits that the sterilization of definite mental defectives will reduce mental defectives in society by a considerable percentage. The pamphlet is also in conflict with the famous ruling of the late Justice Holmes of the United States Supreme Court: "Three generations of imbeciles is enough."

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