November 1937

Eugenical Sterilization: A Reorientation of the Problem.

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By Abraham Myerson, J. G. Ayer, T. J. Putnam, C. E. Keeler and Leo Alexander, the Committee of the American Neurological Association for the Investigation of Eugenical Sterilization. Price, $3. Pp. 211. New York: The Macmillan Company, 1936.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1937;60(5):943-944. doi:10.1001/archinte.1937.00180050210014

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This book constitutes the report of the special committee which was appointed in 1934 by the American Neurological Association to survey the problem of eugenical sterilization. It is a clear, straightforward and readable discussion of the problem of heredity in relation to neurology and psychiatry and of the feasibility of attempting to control diseases with a hereditary tendency by a program of sterilization, either compulsory or voluntary. The writer of each section has reviewed both the older and the more recent literature thoroughly and discusses his problem in the light of the best modern medical and genetic thought.

The medical literature dealing with heredity and sterilization has hitherto presented an almost insurmountable obstacle to any one interested in this subject. Thoughtful perusal indicates that it can truthfully be said that this book is a valuable contribution to medical and genetic literature, not only because of its authoritative and penetrating analysis

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