Full text: Problems in eugenics

442Section IV.R. Dupuy. 
CONCLUSIONS. 
i°—Les enfants arriérés présentent, simultanément ou isolément, des 
arrêts ou des retards dans leur évolution corporelle et intellectuelle et dans 
leurs aptitudes sensorielles. 
2°—Ces anomalies proviennent de deux origines : lésions cérébrales in­ 
curables souvent (arriérés atrophiques) ou lésions et fonctionnement anormal 
des glandes à sécrétion interne avec retentisement sympathique (arriérés dys 
trophiques—sujets curables). 
3°—Les formes d’anomalies des dystrophiques sont des plus variées : 
somatiques, psychiques ou sensorielles, outre l’arriération elles s’accom­ 
pagnent de perversion. 
4°—Le diagnostic du type de l’arriération est fort délicat, il n’est 
souvent fait que par le traitement opothérapique qui est comme un spécifique 
de cette “ immaturité ” de l’individu (Dystrophiques). 
5°—Le traitement opothérapique endocrinien associé produit des modifi­ 
cations surprenantes à condition toutefois d’être appliqué selon certaines 
régies à des arriérés dystrophiques. 
SOME REMARKS ON BACKWARD CHILDREN. 
By Dr. Raoul Dupuy, 
Paris. 
What is meant by Backwardness—Atrophic and Dystrophic Backward­ 
ness—Etiology—Somatic and Sensorial and Psychic Anomalies of 
Dystrophies—Differential Diagnosis.—Treatment of Dystrophic Back­ 
wardness. The number of abnormal children, deformed beings, future criminals, 
lunatics, prostitutes, etc., increases day by day, compromising the future of 
the country, society, and the race. These subjects, unconscious victims of 
an unjust fate, what are we to think of them? Are they a tribute which 
we must pay to our civilisation? Are they an index of approaching deca­ 
dence? In any case, the community rather than attempt to educate them 
without any good result (in special schools for backward children), must 
search for the causes which produce this condition. It must, moreover, 
place these subjects under treatment, of whom some (namely, dystrophic 
backward children) suffer from a bodily ailment and can be improved, 
and sometimes even brought back to the normal. 
The study of the anomalies which make up infantile backwardness is 
most complex, because it includes the whole of pathology. In fact, we 
must not only (like the neurologists and schoolmasters) speak of backward
	        

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