Full text: Problems in eugenics

boys and young men reported by Dr. H. H. Goddard, Vineland, N.J., 
showed, at the expiration of two years, no effects solely attributable to 
castration. The committee begs to state that this phase of the investiga­ 
tion will continue until the generalizations called for by the above table can 
be made from first hand evidence. 
6.—An Example of Eugenic Vasectomy in a State not having a Specific 
Law Authorizing Sterilization. 
Case and family history of H------------, an inmate of the Boston State 
Hospital for the Insane. The patient is 42 years of age, a native of 
Ireland, had been committed to an insane hospital before coming to 
America. Good habits, steady worker, can earn ten dollars a week in low 
grade shipping work. The wife of the patient is of a decidedly inferior 
make-up, but is a good mother, and keeps a clean and orderly house. She 
said that they had all the children they could provide for, and that they 
do not want any more, but realised that probably more would come. The 
following table shows the nature of the offspring of the patient, subject to 
attacks of insanity, and of his wife, an individual of decided inferiority :— 
(see page 475.) 
After a few months’ treatment it was found that the patient had appar­ 
ently recovered, and was able to go back to the industrial world, and it was 
learned that he could secure his old position at ten dollars a week. Mean­ 
while the patient was a State expense, his family was dependent upon 
charity. The only objection to his release was the danger of propagating 
more children of the sort already produced. Vasectomy was proposed, but 
he objected. The wife was brought in, and the patient, the hospital authori­ 
ties, and the wife held a conference. Vasectomy was finally agreed to by 
the man, and was performed (April, 1912) and the patient discharged. 
This is an actual, quite recent case illustrating the manner in which 
institution authorities may promote Eugenic ends by sterilizing certain types 
of defectives without the aid of a specific sterilization law, and be entirely 
within their legal rights as custodians of defectives and degenerates, and 
protectors of society. 
7.—A Suggestion derived from Observations in Thremmatology. 
Except for the cases recorded in California, no females have been 
sterilized under any of the sterilization laws. This fact has its biological 
bearings, as follows :— 
In the breeding of the higher and more valuable types of domestic 
animals, such as horses and cattle, sterilization of surplus males is one 
custom universally practised. The females of these animals are well cared 
for and protected from free union with the males; selected matings are the 
rule. However, in the case of domestic animals of less value, having 
mongrel and homeless strains and individuals, such as the dog and the cat,

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