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The black stork : eugenics and the death of "defective" babies in American medicine and motion pictures since 1915, Martin S. Pernick

Label
The black stork : eugenics and the death of "defective" babies in American medicine and motion pictures since 1915
Title
The black stork
Title remainder
eugenics and the death of "defective" babies in American medicine and motion pictures since 1915
Statement of responsibility
Martin S. Pernick
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • In the late 1910s Dr. Harry J. Haiselden, a prominent Chicago surgeon, electrified the nation by allowing the deaths of at least six infants he diagnosed as "defectives." Seeking to publicize his efforts to eliminate the "unfit, " he displayed the dying infants to journalists, wrote about them for the Hearst newspapers, and starred in a feature film about his crusade. Prominent Americans from Clarence Darrow to Helen Keller rallied to his support
  • The Black Stork tells this startling story, based on newly-rediscovered sources and long-lost motion pictures, in order to illuminate many broader controversies. The book shows how efforts to improve human heredity (eugenics) became linked with mercy-killing (euthanasia) and with race, class, gender, and ethnic hatreds. It documents how mass culture changed the meaning of medical concepts like "heredity" and "disease, " and how medical controversies helped shape the commercial mass media. It demonstrates how cultural values influence science, and how scientific claims of objectivity have shaped modern culture. While focused on the formative years of early 20th century America, The Black Stork traces these issues from antiquity to the rise of Nazism, and to the "Baby Doe, " assisted suicide, and human genome initiative debates of today
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Pernick, Martin S
Dewey number
179/.7
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
RJ255
LC item number
.P394 1996
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Newborn infants
  • Eugenics in motion pictures
  • Abnormalities, Human
  • Euthanasia
  • Eugenics
  • Infanticide
Label
The black stork : eugenics and the death of "defective" babies in American medicine and motion pictures since 1915, Martin S. Pernick
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and indexes
Contents
  • 1. The Birth of a Controversy. The Public Death of Baby Bollinger. Debates and Investigations. The Doctor and the Parents. Haiselden and History. A Word about Words -- 2. Contexts to the Conflict. Before Baby Bollinger: Infanticide, Eugenics, and Euthanasia. U.S.A., 1915. Taking Sides: Some Rough Images of the Debate -- 3. Identifying the Unfit: Biology and Culture in the Construction of Hereditary Disease. Heredity, Environment, and the Scope of Eugenics: Scientific Conceptions to 1915. Heredity, Environment, and the Scope of Eugenics: Haiselden and Mass Cultural Meanings. Constructing the Socially Defective Crime, Race, and Class. Defects and Desires: Eugenics, Aesthetics, and Sex. Elite Priorities and Mass Culture: Physical and Mental Defects. Degrees of Difference: Normality or Perfection? Opposing Expansive Concepts of Hereditary Defect: Equal Worth or Entering Wedge? Fitness and Objectivity -- 4. Eliminating the Unfit: Euthanasia and Eugenics. From Prevention to Death
  • Killing or Letting Die. For Whose Benefit? Loving and Loathing. Objective Science and Moral Obligation -- 5. Who Decides? The Ironies of Professional Power. Doctors, Families, and the State. Support for Medical Power. Opponents of Medical Decision Making. Eugenics and Gender Politics within Families and in Society. Specialization and the Limits of Objectivity -- 6. Mass-Media Medicine and Aesthetic Censorship. Publicity, Public Health, and Professional Power. Medical Movies and the Rise of Aesthetic Censorship -- 7. Eugenics on Film -- 8. The Black Stork. The Movie. Making and Distributing The Black Stork -- 9. Medicine, Media, and Memory. From Haiselden to Hitler: Infanticide, Eugenics, and Euthanasia, 1919-1945. Baby Doe, Doctor Death, and the Human Genome Project: Comparing Haiselden's America with the Present -- Appendix: Individuals Involved in the Controversy
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xv, 295 p.
Isbn
9780195077315
Lccn
94047668
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • (CaMWU)u964784-01umb_inst
  • (Sirsi) AJM-9872
  • 04236
  • (OCoLC)31867004
Label
The black stork : eugenics and the death of "defective" babies in American medicine and motion pictures since 1915, Martin S. Pernick
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and indexes
Contents
  • 1. The Birth of a Controversy. The Public Death of Baby Bollinger. Debates and Investigations. The Doctor and the Parents. Haiselden and History. A Word about Words -- 2. Contexts to the Conflict. Before Baby Bollinger: Infanticide, Eugenics, and Euthanasia. U.S.A., 1915. Taking Sides: Some Rough Images of the Debate -- 3. Identifying the Unfit: Biology and Culture in the Construction of Hereditary Disease. Heredity, Environment, and the Scope of Eugenics: Scientific Conceptions to 1915. Heredity, Environment, and the Scope of Eugenics: Haiselden and Mass Cultural Meanings. Constructing the Socially Defective Crime, Race, and Class. Defects and Desires: Eugenics, Aesthetics, and Sex. Elite Priorities and Mass Culture: Physical and Mental Defects. Degrees of Difference: Normality or Perfection? Opposing Expansive Concepts of Hereditary Defect: Equal Worth or Entering Wedge? Fitness and Objectivity -- 4. Eliminating the Unfit: Euthanasia and Eugenics. From Prevention to Death
  • Killing or Letting Die. For Whose Benefit? Loving and Loathing. Objective Science and Moral Obligation -- 5. Who Decides? The Ironies of Professional Power. Doctors, Families, and the State. Support for Medical Power. Opponents of Medical Decision Making. Eugenics and Gender Politics within Families and in Society. Specialization and the Limits of Objectivity -- 6. Mass-Media Medicine and Aesthetic Censorship. Publicity, Public Health, and Professional Power. Medical Movies and the Rise of Aesthetic Censorship -- 7. Eugenics on Film -- 8. The Black Stork. The Movie. Making and Distributing The Black Stork -- 9. Medicine, Media, and Memory. From Haiselden to Hitler: Infanticide, Eugenics, and Euthanasia, 1919-1945. Baby Doe, Doctor Death, and the Human Genome Project: Comparing Haiselden's America with the Present -- Appendix: Individuals Involved in the Controversy
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xv, 295 p.
Isbn
9780195077315
Lccn
94047668
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • (CaMWU)u964784-01umb_inst
  • (Sirsi) AJM-9872
  • 04236
  • (OCoLC)31867004

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