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Eugenics is distinctly a part of the vocabulary of the modern age, altho the derivation of the term is from the Greek word "eugenes" meaning wellborn. In the words of Davenport, eugenics is the "science of the improvement of the human race by better breeding." Galton defines eugenics as "the science of being well-born." More specifically, eugenics is the scientific study of the biological machinery, by which human traits are transmitted, the investigation of the social evils arising from defective germ plasm, and the application of this knowledge thru a sociological program to the elimination of degenerates from society. A corollary of the latter program is the propagation of human population from the persons who have superior endowments, physical and mental.
Hawthorn, H. B.
The Iowa Homemaker: Vol. 4
, Article 9.
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