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August 15, 1896

THE WELFARE OF THE COMMUNITY DEMANDS THAT MARRIAGE SHOULD BE REGULATED.

Author Affiliations

PROFESSOR MENTAL DISEASES AND THERAPEUTICS. RUSH MEDICAL COLLEGE; PROFESSOR MENTAL AND NERVOUS DISEASES, WOMAN'S MEDICAL COLLEGE. CHICAGO.

JAMA. 1896;XXVII(7):349-350. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430850009001c
Abstract

The closing hours of the nineteenth century are full of marvelous results in science and art, and of wonderful progress in medicine and surgery, but in the midst of these brilliant achievements may be seen on every side insanity, pauperism, criminality and the degenerating effects of various vices of nutrition so rapidly increasing that they will overwhelm the race unless they can be arrested. These melancholy effects are produced, at least in part, by the violation of the laws of heredity, constantly taking place in unregulated marriages. Under our higher civilization abnormal man, be he defective, dependent or delinquent, is propagated, cultivated and protected, his feeble and crippled offspring are nursed to manhood and sent forth to produce their kind. Under savage and semi-civilized conditions these abnormalities are speedily extinguished, the deformed and the weaklings have no place in their system, and some way or other are soon cut off.

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