Sterilization for Human Betterment: A Summary of Results of 6,000 Operations in California, 1909-1929


The human race has developed through countless ages under the laws of heredity by the survival of the fittest. The weak and defective have perished. Only the physically strong and mentally alert could withstand the severe conditions of early life, reach maturity, and become the fathers and mothers of the next generation.

Modern civilization, human sympathy, and charity have intervened in Nature's plan. The weak and defective are now nursed to maturity and produce their kind.

Under Nature's law we bred principally from the top. To-day we breed from the top and bottom, but more rapidly from the bottom. To-day the most intelligent and efficient, the strongest strains of blood, as a rule, limit their children to a point that means the extinction of a family in a few generations.

We need constructive charity along with our present patchwork variety that tends to increase the burdens of race degeneracy and family suicide.

Additional information

Publisher: Place of publication:
  • New York
Publication year:
  • 1931


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