The Medical News Volume 71

The Medical News Volume 71

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1897 edition. Excerpt: ... nation is being produced which is superior to that inhabiting any other land, I do not find any signs of it in the statistics of self-destruction among the native-born in New York City. It is possible, of course, that suicide may be most common among the children of foreign-born parents, but such evidence as I have been able to obtain seems to show that the American system of living at " high pressure "--the haste to become rich--is not conducive to racial progress. To sum up: Suicide does not appear to any ap 'It is the fashion to speak of "Americans" as if there existed an American race, the prevalent idea being that, when three generations have been born in the United States, the "race" has been established. preciable extent among savages, but is a product of civilization; it depends chiefly upon some constitutional depravity, as is shown by its emanation from bad stock, by the hereditary character of the predisposition toward it, and by the fact that in transmission it is very often handed down exactly as are other pathologic variations depending upon constitutional degeneration. The time at my disposal compels me to devote the remainder of my paper to an attempt to answer the question, How can the brake be applied to racial deterioration, as evidenced by the increase of suicide? I do not wish it to be supposed that all members of every family in which epilepsy, idiocy, insanity, or suicide has occurred are so degenerate as to be unfitted to reproduce their species. Such families, however, must be regarded with suspicion. Other symptoms of decay should be looked for, and if they are, they will frequently be found. The first question to ask is, Does phthisis " run in the family?" or, to use...
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