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Eugenics Society

  1. Pauline MH Mazumdar

Published Online: 15 SEP 2006

DOI: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0005611



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Mazumdar, P. M. 2006. Eugenics Society. eLS. .

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  1. University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 SEP 2006


Eugenics in Britain was seen as a solution to the problem of pauperism. It was a political, rather than a scientific movement: it did not, however, achieve its aim of legalizing sterilization for the feebleminded.


  • Eugenics;
  • differential fertility;
  • pedigrees;
  • Mendelism;
  • sterilization