Full text: Problems in eugenics

66Section I.D. F. Weeks. 
In the 15 fraternities in which one parent is epileptic and the other feeble­ 
minded there were 81 conceptions; seven were too young to be classified 
and 19 died before 14 years of age. Of the 55 classified, 28 were epileptic, 
26 feeble-minded, and one insane. (Fig. 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.) 
• Oiranty alma hono® 
Coanty Jail. Case 3162. 
Fig. 2.—This is a case of incest. A feeble-minded man had by his 
defective sister an epileptic daughter, then by this daughter he had four 
children, one an epileptic, one a feeble-minded woman of the streets, who 
spends much of her time in jail, one an anencephalic monster, who died 
soon after birth, and one a feeble-minded boy, who did not grow to man­ 
hood. “ The empty germ plasm yields only emptiness.” This family lived 
in a hut in the woods until it was burned down, and now the mother and 
daughter, when not in jail, live in a cellar in town. E, epileptic; F, 
feeble-minded; C, criminalistic; Sx, sexually immoral; A, alcoholic; d. 
inf, died in infancy; . . . . illegal union. 
Case 5412. 
Fig. 3.—The wife in the central mating here illustrated is a low grade 
patient at the New Jersey State Village for Epileptics; the husband is an 
alcoholic feeble-minded man. Of the six children resulting from their 
union, one died at the age of four. All the others, with the exception of 
No. 5, whose epilepsy is in doubt, are epileptic, three of them being patients 
at “ The Village.” This family lived in a cellar, slept on rags and 
depended on the neighbours for food. E, epileptic; F, feeble-minded; 
A, alcoholic; N, normal; d, died; b, born.

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