Heredity : its relation to human development

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Title

Heredity : its relation to human development

Subject

Moody, Loring (author)
Thompson, Elizabeth, 1821-1899
Eugenics
Correspondence

Description

In 1880, Bostonian Loring Moody, familiar with Galton’s work, issued a circular to form an Institute of Heredity, part school, part library, to promote lectures and interest in addressing social ills through eugenic principles. The circular caught the interest of Elizabeth Thompson, a New York philanthropist. She and Moody became correspondents, and this volume reproduces a selection of their letters.

In his letter of October 31, 1881, Moody states, “As a means of eliminating the inherited effects of disorders from posterity, I would have the government establish and maintain good, comfortable, attractive hospital homes for the care, treatment and life residence of all habitual drunkards, confirmed criminals, idiots and incurable lunatics, who should be treated as people suffering from dangerous congenital diseases, liable to propagation through heredity; and so they should be strictly guarded from having any offspring, as far as possible by moral, and the remainder by legal, restraint. So the hereditary transmission of innumerable disorders would soon come to an end.” The Institute of Heredity was founded on November 27, 1880, “to reconstruct and establish the foundations of social order upon natural laws of human life and relations”; it was still sponsoring lectures as late as 1888.

Abstract

Title page of Heredity: its relation to human development by Loring Moody, which contains corresponsdence between the author and philanthropist Elizabeth Thompson.

Creator

Moody, Loring

Publisher

the Institute of Heredity

Date Created

1882

Contributor

Thompson, Elizabeth, 1821-1899 (coauthor)

Rights

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Is Part Of

Boston Medical Library Rare Books Collection (2.Am.228)

References

Full text available online here through the Medical Heritage Library

Format

text

Extent

1 title page

Language

English

Type

text

Identifier

0001935

Provenance

Gift of Dr. Algernon Coolidge to the Boston Medical Library, 1883

Files

0001935_dref.jpg

Citation

Moody, Loring, “Heredity : its relation to human development,” OnView, accessed June 21, 2024, https://collections.countway.harvard.edu/onview/items/show/6216.