The Eugenic Marriage: A Personal Guide to the New Science of Better Living and Better Babies

The Eugenic Marriage: A Personal Guide to the New Science of Better Living and Better Babies






“Dr. Hague’s book is ill named, for it deals with home-making and mother-craft primarily, rather than with eugenics – four chapters, for instance, are devoted to the evils of patent medicines. Eugenics, in the sense that the word is used by this journal, receives rather scant treatment, and what is said is often marred by exaggeration or error. Hague’s statement: ‘Any condition that fundamentally means race-deterioration must be rendered intolerable. The prevalent dancing crazy is an anti-eugenic institution, as is the popularity of the delicatessen store,’ is hardly an extreme example of the comprehensiveness and indiscriminateness of his idea of eugenics. He has a good deal to say about sex hygiene, but it is unreliable and likely to do more harm than good. His voluminous discussion of child-birth, the care of children, and the relations of husband and wife, appears to be much sounder, so far as the reviewer is qualified to judge. It is to be regretted that this part of the book could not have been published alone, and the discussion of so-called eugenics omitted, for despite the author’s enthusiasm and sincerity, he does not possess an understanding of eugenics.” -The Journal of Heredity



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