Biennial Report of the Supervisors of the Insane for the State of Vermont for the Years 1928-30.

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Title

Biennial Report of the Supervisors of the Insane for the State of Vermont for the Years 1928-30.

Subject

psychiatric hospitals
insane asylums
history of madness

Description

As statewide advocacy for a sterilization law was building, the Supervisors of the Insane lent their support to the measure. Their eugenic rationale merits quoting at length:

"In making discharges from our hospitals the sex problem and potential fatherhood and motherhood is often a serious problem and a determining factor as to whether or not a patient, if at large, would be a dangerous person or a menace to a community. This is especially the case with those who are more or less mentally deficient and, although they may have recovered from their insanity, are immoral or unmoa with sexual tendencies often pronounced and frequently perverted. If they marry which they often do, it would be to a person as feeble-minded as themselves with a resultant family of children with hereditary taint. Or illegitimacy is the outcome. A considerable number of this class of children would eventually find their way to the School for Feeble-minded or Hospital for the Insane or become delinquents or paupers. From this class comes an endless chain of breeding the unfit from the unfit" (p. 5).

Creator

State of Vermont

Source

Google Books

Publisher

The Tuttle Company, Rutland, Vermont

Date

1938

Contributor

Holly Allen

Rights

public domain

Format

pdf

Language

English

Type

report

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