This is a question which is being seriously discussed by sages, philosophers, statesmen, physicians and all persons interested in the welfare of the race; but to the physician, who is brought into such intimate contact with its causes and manifestations, and who by his training and opportunities is well prepared to throw a flood of light on it, to illumine its dark recesses and banish misconceptions, it should be a subject of absorbing interest.
Before we can formulate a definite opinion one way or another in this matter, we must have some standard or ideal by which to be governed in arriving at conclusions. This standard should be a broad and a comprehensive one, and should embrace not merely certain parts or phases of human progress, but should include all those elements which are necessary for the symmetric development and uplifting of the human race. Men and women should not
STUVER E. ARE WE DEGENERATING? IF SO, WHY? JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(13):783–785. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.24610130015001d
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