Memories of My Life

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Title

Memories of My Life

Subject

Galton, Francis, 1822-1911
Eugenics
Title pages

Description

At the conclusion of this autobiographical account, Galton considers the goal of his work on eugenics and its contrast to Darwinian natural selection: “Man is gifted with pity and other kindly feelings; he has also the power of preventing many kinds of suffering. I conceive it to fall well within his province to replace Natural Selection by other processes that are more merciful and not less effective. This is precisely the aim of Eugenics. Its first object it to check the birth-rate of the Unfit, instead of allowing them to come into being, though doomed in large numbers to perish prematurely. The second object is the improvement of the race by furthering the productivity of the Fit by early marriages and healthful rearing of their children. Natural Selection rests upon excessive production and wholesale destruction; Eugenics on bringing no more individuals into the world than can be properly cared for, and those only of the best stock.”

Abstract

Title page of the book Memories of My Life by Sir Francis Galton

Creator

Galton, Francis, 1822-1911

Publisher

Methuen and Co.

Date Created

1908

Rights

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Access Rights

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Is Part Of

Boston Medical Library Rare Books Collection (1.Ea.91)

References

Full text available online here through the Medical Heritage Library

Format

text

Extent

1 title page

Language

English

Type

text

Identifier

0001933

Provenance

Gift of Dr. John W. Farlow to the Boston Medical Library, 1908

Files

0001933_dref.jpg

Citation

Galton, Francis, 1822-1911 , “Memories of My Life,” OnView, accessed June 22, 2024, https://collections.countway.harvard.edu/onview/items/show/6208.