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October 1939

Der jugendliche Schwachsinn: Seine Erkennung, Behandlung und Ausmerzung.

Arch NeurPsych. 1939;42(4):788. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1939.02270220204015

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To the reviewer's knowledge, this is Weygandt's last book. Soon after its publication the author died. Unfortunately, it must be said that the last production mars an otherwise brilliant scientific record. The book is meant to be an enthusiastic endorsement of the law of 1933 for the prevention of hereditary diseases (Gesetz zur Verhütung erbkranken Nachwuchses). It is only fair to state that Weygandt was in favor of such a law long before the Nazis came into power. However, while his previous publications were noted for moderation in tone and objectivity in presenting evidence, the present exposition is marked by a spirit of propaganda and by conspicuous subjectivity. There is too much effort to prove a point against the available evidence. The remarkable thing is that the counter-evidence is, nevertheless, fully presented. After several authors are quoted as estimating that at most in two thirds of all cases mental deficiency

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