Heredity and human progress

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Title

Heredity and human progress

Subject

McKim, W. Duncan
Eugenics
Title pages

Description

In this radical work, Washington physician, William Duncan McKim, proposed moving beyond sterilization of the “very weak and the very vicious” to liquidation by the state through the use of carbonic acid gas. In his chapter “A remedy,” McKim states, “The surest, the simplest, the kindest, and most humane means for preventing reproduction among those whom we deem unworthy of this high privilege, is a gentle, painless death; and this should be administered not as a punishment, but as an expression of enlightened pity for the victims—too defective by nature to find true happiness in life—and as a duty toward the community and toward our own offspring.” Numbered among McKim’s “unworthy” are imbeciles, epileptics, drunkards, murderers, house-breakers, and the insane.

Abstract

Title page of Heredity and Human Progress by W. Duncan McKim

Creator

McKim, W. Duncan

Publisher

G. P. Putnam’s Sons

Date Created

1900

Rights

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Is Part Of

Boston Medical Library Rare Books Collection (2.G.12)

Format

text

Extent

1 title pages

Language

English

Type

text

Identifier

0001938

Provenance

Received by the Boston Medical Library in exchange with the U.S. Surgeon General’s Office Library, 1908

Files

0001938_dref.jpg

Citation

McKim, W. Duncan, “Heredity and human progress,” OnView: Digital Collections & Exhibits, accessed June 28, 2022, https://collections.countway.harvard.edu/onview/items/show/6221.

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