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October 10, 1931


JAMA. 1931;97(15):1088-1089. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02730150044021

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Indications for Eugenic Sterilization  Prof. A. Mayer, director of the Universitäts-Frauenklinik, presented a report before the Tübinger Medizinisch-Naturwissenschaftlicher Verein on 219 tubal sterilizations performed in that clinic over a period of twelve years; they represent only 0.5 per cent of the total number of patients, evidence of a conservative policy. The patients sterilized may be divided into four groups: (1) sterilization plus interruption of pregnancy, 89; (2) sterilization plus cesarean section, 49; (3) sterilization plus gynecologic operation, 54; (4) sterilization only, 27. The indications fall into three classes: (1) obstetricgynecologic (for example, narrow pelvis), 84; (2) medical (for example, pulmonary tuberculosis), 110; medical-eugenic (for example, epilepsy, psychoses), 25. The bases for eugenic sterilization are uncertain, as the "laws" of hereditary transmission are not sufficiently well known and because the present status of our laws does not permit such intervention. The United States with its compulsory sterilization of criminals has taken

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