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August 29, 1896


JAMA. 1896;XXVII(9):501-502. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430870049013

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New York, Aug. 22, 1896.

To the Editor:  —As bearing on the subject of racial degeneracy, I report the following cases:1. Mrs. B.. an ultra-blonde, native of county Wexford, Ireland (limestone region), recently died of aortic stenosis and cerebral embolism, leaving as surviving family: a sister, congenitally hunchbacked, a deaf and dumb son, and two daughters, one unusually tall, who is goitrous, the other a full albino.2. Miss C., aged 28, whose parents both were deaf mutes, has a streak of perfectly white hair an inch in width, extending from occiput to forehead; this was congenital.I ask the question therefore, is not albinism like deaf-mutism, goiter, dwarfing, etc., evidence of racial degeneracy? Certainly there exists some relation between vitiligo and leprosy, and the latter is found only in degenerate classes.

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