2011-03-03 -- Eugenics, Race, and Medicine

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Unformatted text preview: Eugenics, Race, and Medicine History 451 March 3, 2011 Prof. November Baby Bollinger (1910s) • Euthanasia and Eugenics found together often – Negative eugenics – Infanticide and involuntary sterilization (60,000+ in US 1907- 1970) • Dr. Harry J. Haiselden allows deaths of 6 (or more) infants diagnosed as “defective” – Haiselden publicizes his acts in newspapers and films • The Black Stork (1917) – Starring Haiselden as himself – Defended by Clarence Darrow Baby Bollinger (1910s) • Euthanasia and Eugenics found together often – Negative eugenics – Infanticide and involuntary sterilization (60,000+ in US 1907- 1970) • Dr. Harry J. Haiselden allows deaths of 6 (or more) infants diagnosed as “defective” – Haiselden publicizes his acts in newspapers and films • The Black Stork (1917) – Starring Haiselden as himself – Defended by Clarence Darrow Eugenics • Artificial selection for human beings – Positive Eugenics vs Negative Eugenics • If breeding is effective in animals, and humans are animals, then why not breed humans? – Religion opposes it – Progressivism embraces it: a scientific basis of governance • Cultivation of beneficial traits – Improvement of national “fitness” – Use of scientific methods to observe these traits “Being cowards, we defeat natural selection under cover of philanthropy: being sluggards, we neglect artificial selection under cover of delicacy and morality." (George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman , 1903) Neo-Darwinian Inheritance (1900) • Traits are innate – organisms acquire traits through chance, not through the actions of their parent(s)...
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This note was uploaded on 06/02/2011 for the course HIST 451 taught by Professor November during the Spring '11 term at South Carolina.

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