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November 11, 1933


JAMA. 1933;101(20):1571-1573. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740450045018

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Facts About the Unfit  Lord Horder is the leading advocate in this country of birth control and the sterilization of the unfit. In an address in the graduate course at the Hampstead General Hospital he said that a national stock taking showed some unpalatable facts. In this country, one in 120 persons was feebleminded, one in 200 was insane, and one in ten was too dull or too sickly to be absorbed into industry. The expense of educating and caring for these inefficients was enormous, but more serious was the fact that the future stock was being recruited from them. The aim of eugenics was to control the reproduction of unfit types and to encourage fertility in types above the average. But the eugenic movement sought to operate only by voluntary methods, doing nothing to infringe on the liberty of the individual. It advocated the voluntary sterilization under proper safeguards

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