Medicalization Of Eugenics

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In the beginnings, eugenics was the scientific attempts to create genetically perfect plants. Scholars such Charles Darwin, Herbert Spencer and Gregory Mendel focused on mapping out traits that caused variation in animals, humans, and plants, that affected their survivability and adaptability. Inspired by these theories a new ideology of how to improve human race was cultivated, which was based upon the belief that genetically inherited traits were responsible for social stratification. Coined by the European theorist Francis Galton, “Eugenics is the study the practice or advocacy of controlled selective breeding of human populations (as by sterilization) to improve the population’s genetic composition. This paper discusses the medicalization…show more content…
Even before a person is born measures can already be taken to ensure that no disease or disorders may plague that individual. In the article “Mentalism, disability right and modern eugenics in a brave new world,” discuss how eugenics is rooted in the ideological assumption that mental and behavioral problems are biologically determined. Therefore, can be remedied by biological interventions. Furthermore, it emphasizes how genetic knowledge has the potential to affect the way one is treated by society and by one’s family which in turn will facet how one view oneself. Compared to the New York Time article, that illustrated intervention of eugenics in utero phase as an adequate way to do no harm or violence to human dignity and human rights. This article brings up the separation that will be caused by people who are born of eugenics and non-eugenics will lead to unequal access to education, employment, and healthcare. There will be a sense of us verse them in society and people will be treated differently even before birth (Weiner, Ribeiro, & Warner,…show more content…
Eugenics was the perfect means to maximize wellbeing and vigor of mankind, in order to promote the preservation of man’s acceptable biological characteristics. Compared to the other two articles, despite how painfully physically and mental eugenics may be, it is deemed necessary that we should opt for a more drastic measure such as sterilization to prevent humanity from becoming
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