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Together MacMurchy and Clarke laboured to exclude mental defectives from entering Canada, warned that feeble-minded children should be sterilized nest they produce offspring with similar deficiencies, and successfully linked feeble-mindedness with juvenile delinquency.
93) Success here is measured, not in policy outcomes, but by the intrusion of eugenic ideas of degeneration and feeble-mindedness into the consciousness of leading legal officials, public school representatives, and, but certainly not limited to, medical professionals.
Although Laughlin never actually met with Buck but only read her files, he declared that Carrie was a prime example of a low-grade moron, and her feeble-mindedness was most likely hereditary.
Goddard, The Kallikak Family, A Study in the Heredity of Feeble-Mindedness (New York: Macmillan, 1912), and Feeble-Mindedness: Its Causes and Consequences (New York: Macmillan, 1914).
Accounts of inherited shiftlessness, violence, hysterical fits, deformities, and feeble-mindedness recur throughout this narrative, which Kostir chalks up to "brains incapable of growing up like those of ordinary people.
The Kallikak Family: A Study in the Heredity of Feeble-Mindedness.
The `family concentration of feeble-mindedness is undoubted', with `accidental non-hereditary types' forming the minority was proven.
By the 1950s psychologists, psychiatrists and social workers no longer focused on moral weakness or feeble-mindedness, as experts had during the Progressive Era.