Letters

People who condemn eugenics may be in minority now

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.319.7218.1196 (Published 30 October 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:1196
  1. Riccardo Baschetti, medical inspector (retired) (aschetti@shineline.it)
  1. Italian State Railways, CP 1011, 35100 Padua, Italy

    EDITOR—In concluding his article on eugenics, Kevles should not have used the words “History at the least has taught us …” because they imply that most people condemn eugenics now.1 Those who condemn eugenics may actually be a minority. In China, where the population exceeds 1.2 billion, geneticists overwhelmingly support eugenics.2 India, Russia, and other populous countries share China's views on genetic issues.2

    The social values that guided early Western eugenicists and still underlie Chinese …

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