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Eugenics is a social philosophy which advocates the improvement of human hereditary traits through various forms of intervention. The purported goals have variously been to create healthier, more intelligent people, save society's resources, and lessen human suffering.
Wikipedia, February 27, 2007.

As one might imagine, there are many ethical dilemmas associated with this philosophy. This digital collection provides select materials for researchers to explore the history and legacy of eugenics.

Central Indiana Bioethics Portal website.


Comments or questions:
Amy J. Hatfield, M.L.S.,
IU School of Medicine


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  • Historical views of the American eugenics movement in the early twentieth century. This is a multi-part document.
  • Collection of essays written by Sir Francis Galton, the founder of eugenics. This is a multi-part document.
  • Full-text documents related to Eugenics issues.
  • Collection of essays written in opposition to eugenics. This is a multi-part document.
  • Full text documents related to genetics.
  • Writings of the historical eugenics movement promoting the involuntary sterilization of the mentally disabled. This is a multi-part document.
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