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December 3, 1927


JAMA. 1927;89(23):1977-1978. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02690230061020

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The Prevention of the Marriage of the Mentally Deficient  The mental hospitals committee of the London county council prepared a recommendation that the government be asked to promote legislation making illegal the marriage of a person who is the subject of an order for detention as a mental defective. The matter arose on a resolution from the Leicestershire county council calling for segregation of mental defectives, with a view to the prevention of the propagation of such persons. The Southampton, Derbyshire and Cornwall county councils had also sent resolutions in favor of preventing the marriage of the mentally defective, and making the burden of institutional accommodation for such persons a state charge. The London county council committee, while not prepared to endorse such broad proposals, was of opinion that it should be made illegal for any mentally defective person under a detention order to marry. They stated: "We have been

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