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July 1930

Sterlization for Human Betterment.

Arch NeurPsych. 1930;24(1):225-226. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1930.02220130228027

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This volume is a plea for the wider use of the method of sterilization legal in California—vasectomy in the male and salpingectomy in the female—to prevent the propagation of defective stock—mental defect, psychoses, etc.—and possibly as a method of birth control. It is based on the results of a study of more than 6,000 operations performed as a legal measure in that state and of about 100 performed mostly on men as a voluntary contraceptive measure. The purpose of the operation was accomplished except in seven instances, three men and four women. The authors point out that there is little objection to the operation—seldom any decrease in sexual ability or desire (in fact the latter is often increased). Also they do not attribute any change in behavior to the operation per se, although more defectives can be paroled because the danger of their producing defective children has been removed.

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