"Means proposed for cutting off the flow of human defectives and degenerates"
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The Harry H. Laughlin Papers, Truman State University, Lantern Slides, Brown Box,605
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Means proposed for cutting off the supply of Human Defectives and Degenerates I. Life Segregation II. Sterilization III. Restrictive Marriage IV. Eugenic Education V. System of Matings VI. General Environmental VII. Polygamy VIII. Euthanasia IX. Neo-Malthusian Doctrine X. Laissez-Faire [previous material bracketed to right- following text appears to the right of the bracket] Which of these remedies shall be applied? Shall one, two, or several or all be made to operate. What are the limitations and possibilities of each remedy? Shall one class of the socially unfit be treated with one remedy and another with a different one? Shall the specifically selected remedy be applied to the class or to the individual? What are the principles and the limits of compromise between conservation and elimination in cases of individuals bearing a germ-plasm with a mixture of the determiners for both defective and sterling traits? What are the criteria for the identification of individuals bearing defective germ-plasm? What can be hoped from the application of some definite elimination program? What practical difficulties stand in the way? How can they be overcome?

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