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February 1930

Sterilization for Human Betterment.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1930;45(2):316-317. doi:10.1001/archinte.1930.00140080158015

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This is a timely, accurate and useful digest of the results of the 6,255 eugenic sterilizations in the state of California since the law came into force in 1909. California has the longest continuous record of eugenic sterilization of any state or country. Dr. Dickinson, Secretary of the Committee on Maternal Health, New York, after an investigation of the operation of the sterilization law of California, stated: "The serious consideration given to the individual patient and the skill in operative work makes the experience in this state very weighty evidence on the whole problem." The authors have succeeded in summarizing the essentials of this experience clearly, objectively and remarkably free from propaganda. In California the operative mortality has been extremely low. A small percentage of the men and women sterilized showed return of fertility. The operation has no untoward effects on the sex life. In California the application of the

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