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

B, V. Wagenen. Practical Eugenics. 21 
PRELIMINARY REPORT TO THE FIRST INTERNATIONAL 
EUGENICS CONGRESS, 
Of the Committee of the Eugenics Section of the American Breeders Asso­ 
ciation to Study and Report on the Best Practical Means for Cutting Off the 
Defective Germ Plasm in the Human Population. 
(Abstract.) 
By Bleecker Van Wagenen, Chairman. 
i. Brief history of the American Breeders’ Association, the Eugenics 
Section and the Committee on Elimination of Defective Germ Plasm. 
2. Concise statement of the problem before the Committee and reasons 
for the investigation. 
3. History of legislation in the United States authorising or requiring the 
sterilization of certain classes of criminals, defectives and degenerates who 
are under the control of the State in institutions. Digest of the laws now 
in force. (This may be given as a lantern slide with greater effect.) 
Legal views concerning the constitutionality of these laws. 
4. Investigations of vasectomy in Indiana, Illinois, Massachusetts and 
elsewhere, with detailed reports of some typical cases. (With lantern 
slides.) 5. Reports of sterilization of females, both of normal and abnormal 
mentaility, with a number of typical cases showing after-effects. (With 
lantern slides.) 
6. Some observations in thremmatology suggesting important questions 
concerning the practical effectiveness of sterilization as a eugenic measure. 
7. Technical description of several kinds of sterilizing operations as now 
performed. Vasectomy, ovariotomy and salpingectomy (with and without 
complete excision), castration. 
8. Reports of several cases of persons, male and female, who having 
been completely sterilized for a time, recovered the power of procreation 
and actually did procreate thereafter. 
9. State of public opinion regarding sterilization in the United States 
at the present time. Letters from Governors of States, views of Social 
Workers and Institution people. Conflicting views of Roman Catholics 
(as such). Digest of arguments set forth in a long controversy carried on 
in the American Ecclesiastical Review, chiefly in Latin. 
10. Brief report of other data collected by the Committee and programme 
for future work, with a call for co-operation in securing further data per­ 
tinent to this inquiry.
        

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