Full text: papers communicated to the first International Eugenics Congress held at the University of London, July 24th to 30th, 1912

486Appendix.S. G. Smith. 
leisure, and a higher sense of personal reponsibility on the part of the 
parents, the problem of heredity from the physical point of view would 
practically vanish. 
Dr. Chapin, of the Children’s Department of the Graduates’ Hospital 
in New York City, investigated 600 cases of children admitted to this 
institution. They were a sorry lot gathered together from the slums of 
New York, and suffering from maimed, dwarfed, and depleted bodies. 
But when their history was carefully traced out, it was found that only 
22 out of the 600 were badly born. The period of infancy among the poor 
is not only characterised by a terrible death-rate, but foul air, improper 
food and worse cooking; sickness, and accident rob those who survive of 
that measure of strength and beauty which is their due. The great problem 
of the world is not how to bring better babies into the world, but how to 
take care of such as come. The tragedy of the world is spoiled babies. 
NOTE. 
A Supplement will be published after the Congress, giving an account of 
the discussions, and containing the papers which have not been received for 
publication in this volume.
        

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