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June 8, 1929

The Child of Circumstance: The Mystery of the Unborn.

JAMA. 1929;92(23):1985. doi:10.1001/jama.1929.02700490085028

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Abstract

The London Times said that, if there ever was a successor to the doctor in Beside the Bonnie Briar Bush, it was Albert Wilson. He was a general practitioner, consultant, hospital superintendent, and president of the Royal Society of Physicians of Edinburgh. His avocation was the study of criminals. He visited prisons throughout the world, making not only a sociological but also an anatomic study of criminals' brains, and keeping in touch with investigations carried on by other scientists. His last book contains some histologic evidence in the way of slides to prove what is perhaps his chief contention. Dr. Wilson believed that criminals are born unfinished. The die is cast at birth. The lack of finish at birth explains the incompetent, the born tired, the unemployed. Then what is the use? Why not painless extinction of those who commit great crimes, and the sterilization of the feebleminded to prevent

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