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Author Name:    DOWBIGGIN, Ian Robert

Title:   Keeping America Sane : Psychiatry and Eugenics in the United States and Canada, 1880-1940. First Edition in dustjacket

Publisher:    Cornell University Press, Ithaca and London, 1997, ISBN:0801433568 

Seller ID:   116091

DOWBIGGIN, Ian. Keeping America Sane : Psychiatry and Eugenics in the United States and Canada, 1880-1940. Ithaca and London : Cornell University Press, (1997). First Printing. Pp (4),v-xvi,(2),1-245,(1). Illustrated. 8vo [155 x 233 mm], light blue cloth to spin, dark blue paper-covered boards, darklue lettering to spine. Ian Robert Dowbiggin (b. 1952) was associate profe ssor of history at the University of Prince Edward Island. "What would bring a physician to conclude that sterilization is appropriate treatment for the mentally ill and mentally handicapped? Using archival sources, Ian Robert Dowbiggin documents the involvement of both American and Canadian psychiatrists in the eugenics movement of the early twentieth century. He explainswhy professional men and women committed to helping those less fortunate t han themselves arrived at such morally and intellectually dubious conclusions. Psychiatrists at the end of the nineteenth century felt professionally vulnerable, Dowbiggin explains, because they were under intense pressure from state and provincial governments and from other physicians to reform their specialty. Eugenic ideas, which dominated public health policy making, seemed the best vehicle for catching up with the progress of science. Among the prominent psychiatrist-eugenicists Dowbiggin considers are G. Alder Blumer, Charles Kirk Clarke, Thomas Salmon, Clare Hincks, and William Partlow.Tracing psychiatric support for eugenics throughout the interwar years, Do wbiggin pays special attention to the role of psychiatrists in the fierce debates about immigration policy. His examination of psychiatrys unfortunateflirtation with eugenics elucidates how professional groups come to think and act along common lines within specific historical contexts." (from the dj). Contents : Preface. Introduction. 1. An exodus of enthusiasm : psychiatry in Canada and the United States, 1880-1920. 2. A confusing wildness of recommendations : G. Alder Blumer, eugenics, and U.S. psychiatry, 1880-1940. 3. Keeping this young country sane : C.K. Clarke, eugenics, and Canadian psychiatry, 1890-1940. 4. A question of public health : psychiatry, eugenics, and immigration in the United States, 1880-1925. Conclusion : reflections on the history of eugenics. Index. Very good in dustjacket. 40.00


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