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State Supervision of the Feeble-Minded

Theodore Diller, M.D.
JAMA. 1912;LIX(24):2174-2175. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04270120159030.
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To the Editor:  —I believe that you have well summed up the situation in the last sentence in your editorial on "The Elimination of Feeble-Minded Strains" (Nov. 16, 1912, p. 801.) "Considered in all its various aspects it would appear that the most practical plan for the elimination of the feebleminded strains should judiciously combine the methods of segregation and sterilization."That there may be, however, such "judicious combination of segregation and sterilization" there must first be a census of all the feeble-minded in the state. The state committee on lunacy of each state should know exactly the names and location of all feeble-minded persons in the state, and should be charged with authority to compel any feeble-minded person to enter an institution whenever it deems that such action is for the public welfare; it should likewise have authority to detain a feeble-minded person in such an institution. In short,


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