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Under various names, such as "Baby Show," "Better Babies Show," "Baby Health Contest," etc., infants are competing for prizes on a basis of mental and physical development, as determined by tests and examinations conducted by physicians. These are virtually human stock shows.
The idea was conceived as a direct outcome of live stock shows, in several parts of the stock-breeding West simultaneously. The human stock show bears the same relation to race improvement that the live stock show bears to stock-breeding, and that the agricultural exhibit bears to scientific agriculture. It bridges the gap between scientific and practical eugenics and euthenics. It is of scientific value because of the statistics that may be collected. It is of practical value because it affords a means of instilling into the minds of the laity the fundamental principles of eugenics and euthenics.
Most of the entries are children of intelligent parents. The baby
DITSON A. THE HUMAN STOCK SHOW. JAMA. 1913;61(2):111–113. doi:10.1001/jama.1913.04350020037015
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