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War Against the Weak: Eugenics and America's Campaign to Create a Master Race

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 12 February 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:411
  1. Joff Lelliott (, honorary research adviser in the school of history, philosophy, religion, and classics
  1. University of Queensland, Australia

    Eugenics is too frequently overlooked in histories of both the United States and Europe, even though the story is a fascinating and important one. The field to date has remained largely the preserve of academic historians, despite obvious connections to contemporary debates around science and ethics. These were prime motivations for War Against the Weak, Edwin Black's timely look at American eugenics and its impact on Nazism.

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