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Searchlights on Health

The Science of Eugenics

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Author: B.G. Jefferis
Co-author: J.L. Nichols
Published: 1919
Language: English
Wordcount: 139,862 / 425 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 66.1
LoC Category: R
Downloads: 486
Added to site: 2007.05.06 16831
Genre: Non-fiction

Though the "science" in this book is now considered worthless and completely discredited, Searchlights on Health provides a wealth of information for historians, students of public policy, and philosophers -- indeed, anyone interested in pondering the eradication of poverty, disease, and crime through eugenics, the "science" of human engineering.

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ll and truly does the great philosopher of poetry esteem the world's wealth as "trash" in the comparison. Without it gold has no value; birth, no distinction; station, no dignity; beauty, no charm; age, no reverence; without it every treasure impoverishes, every grace deforms, every dignity degrades, and all the arts, the decorations and accomplishments of life stand, like the beacon-blaze upon a rock, warning the world that its approach is dangerous; that its contact is death.

2. THE WRETCH WITHOUT IT.--The wretch without it is under eternal quarantine; no friend to greet; no home to harbor him, the voyage of his life becomes a joyless peril, and in the midst of all ambition can achieve, or avarice amass, or rapacity plunder, he tosses on the surge, a buoyant pestilence. But let me not degrade into selfishness of individual safety or individual exposure this individual principle; it testifies a higher, a more ennobling origin.

3. ITS DIVINITY.--Oh, Divine, oh, delightful legacy of a spotless re



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