Science: Improving the Breed

The British Eugenics Society, founded in Edwardian days, is a group of 500 peers, schoolteachers, scientists and other earnest people devoted to encouraging "the better members of the community to have more children, and the worse to have less." To date, the society has largely stressed the second half of its program. It flatters itself that it has had considerable success in this phase of improving the British breed, e.g., passage of a 1913 law prohibiting marriage for mental defectives, increased use of contraceptives by slum-dwelling Britons. Last week in London, Cambridge Physicist Sir Charles Galton Darwin, 67, the society's leader...

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