The black stork : eugenics and the death of "defective" babies in American medicine and motion pictures since 1915 (eBook, 1996) []
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The black stork : eugenics and the death of

The black stork : eugenics and the death of "defective" babies in American medicine and motion pictures since 1915

Author: Martin S Pernick
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1996.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
In the late 1910s Dr. Harry J. Haiselden, a prominent Chicago surgeon, electrified the nation by allowing the deaths of at least six infants he diagnosed as "defectives." Seeking to publicize his efforts to eliminate the "unfit," he displayed the dying infants to journalists, wrote about them for the Hearst newspapers, and starred in a feature film about his crusade. Prominent Americans from Clarence Darrow to Helen

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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Pernick, Martin S.
Black stork.
New York : Oxford University Press, 1996
(DLC) 94047668
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Martin S Pernick
ISBN: 9780199759743 019975974X
OCLC Number: 666991692
Language Note: In English.
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [Place of publication not identified] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (xv, 295 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Contents: 1. The Birth of a Controversy. The Public Death of Baby Bollinger. Debates and Investigations. The Doctor and the Parents. Haiselden and History. A Word about Words --
2. Contexts to the Conflict. Before Baby Bollinger: Infanticide, Eugenics, and Euthanasia. U.S.A., 1915. Taking Sides: Some Rough Images of the Debate --
3. Identifying the Unfit: Biology and Culture in the Construction of Hereditary Disease. Heredity, Environment, and the Scope of Eugenics: Scientific Conceptions to 1915. Heredity, Environment, and the Scope of Eugenics: Haiselden and Mass Cultural Meanings. Constructing the Socially Defective Crime, Race, and Class. Defects and Desires: Eugenics, Aesthetics, and Sex. Elite Priorities and Mass Culture: Physical and Mental Defects. Degrees of Difference: Normality or Perfection? Opposing Expansive Concepts of Hereditary Defect: Equal Worth or Entering Wedge? Fitness and Objectivity --
4. Eliminating the Unfit: Euthanasia and Eugenics. From Prevention to Death.
Responsibility: Martin S. Pernick.


In the 1910s, Dr Haiselden allowed the deaths of six infants he diagnozed as "defectives". His story highlights many other controversies. The book shows how efforts to improve human heredity became  Read more...


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Advance praise: "The Black Stork is a most frightening tale of medicine run amok. Martin Pernick's narrative of Dr. Harry J. Haiselden's fin-de-siecle crusade for the euthenasia of `defective' Read more...

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