Full text: Problems in eugenics

A. PlNARD.Appendix.459 
does not characterise either explicitly or sufficiently the proposed object, 
while the word “ Eugennique,” of yerpjaw, at once recalls to the 
mind the idea of a favourable procreation(2). 
It is part of the duty of our first principal sitting to lay down a rule 
upon this point. 
Certainly, biological, sociological, and historical researches, laws and 
social customs regarded in their relations with the science of Eugenics, 
are necessary and will undoubtedly result in extremely interesting data, but 
from now it is above all things urgent to establish and proclaim eugenic 
principles. Researches relating to physiological heredity and pathological heredity 
ought to be pursued without interruption, but it is necessary to make known 
as soon as possible to the masses of the people the individual conditions, 
fully understood, which alone permit a favourable and healthy procreation. 
In a word, it is necessary, by every means and as soon as possible, to 
organise a great movement in order to show to the greatest number of human 
beings the absolute necessity for a conscientious, i.e., an enlightened pro­ 
creation. We must bravely approach the civilising of the re-productive 
instinct, which alone has remained in a barbarous state amongst all the so- 
called civilised nations from the earliest times. 
Then only, when societies have fulfilled this duty, will they have the 
right to investigate what they ought and can effect against those for whom 
future offspring would be recognised as fatally disastrous. 
Finally, it is fully understood that researches relating to selection in 
the human species must be pursued in a parallel manner, as is now done 
with such fruitful results for animals and vegetables in Genetics, and in 
throwing light upon the constantly increasing conquests of this other science. 
L-« B rl . A 
(2) Besides, the word “ Eugenics ” recalls in France a chemical term • eu^enic- 
acid. b

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