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Table 1

Number of cases presented at each meeting of the Eugenics Board and number of operations ordered under the 1933 law
  New cases Cases carried over from previous meeting Operations ordered
  236   231
October 21, 1933 3   3
November 15 1   1
December 13 9   9
January 19, 1934 6   5
February 21 4 1 5
March 21 4   4
April 20 5   5
May 23 6   6
June 27 1   1
July 20 6   6
August 29 7   4
September 19 6   6
October 19 18 3 21
November 21 22   21
December 19 12   12
January 18, 1935 14   13
February 20 12 1 12
March 20 19   19
April 19 34   34
May 22 22   20
June 19 25   24

Table 2

Distribution of sterilization cases with reference to mental defect, origin of petition and marital status to June 30, 1935
Mental defect as shown in petition for sterilization Origin of petition Total Marital status
Non-inst. Co. Inst. State Inst. Married Single Widowed or divorced
Total 68 15 140 223 53 166 4
1. Cerebral syphilis with mental deficiency     1 1   1  
2. Congenital cerebral syphilis     1 1 1    
3. Dementia praecox     22 22 13 9  
4. Manic depressive psychosis     12 12 8 4  
5. Psychosis with cerebral syphilis     1 1 1    
6. Psychosis with constitutional inferiority     1 1   1  
7. Psychosis with epidemic encephalitis     1 1   1  
8. Psychosis with hereditary syphilis     1 1   1  
9. Psychosis with mental deficiency 1   16 17 4 13  
10. Psychosis with syphilis     1 1 1    
11. Psychosis undiagnosed     2 2 1 1  
12. Epilepsy     40 40 7 32 1
13. Epilepsy with mental deficiency 1 2 13 16 3 12 1
14. Epilepsy with psychosis     2 2 1 1  
15. Feeble-mindedness 66 13 26 105 13 90 2

Table 3

Sterilization operations with reference to type of operation and race, June 30, 1935
Type of operation White Negro Total
Total 184 39 223
Vasectomy 10 8 18
Castration 6 20 26
Salpingectomy 157 10 167
Overiectomy 11 1 122

Comments

Cerebral

Cerebral syphilis is a medical condition in which the syphilis, a sexually transmitted disease, has been left untreated and has migrated to the brain. It is a rare condition in which the patient experiences paralysis, or the loss of ability to move parts of the body.

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Congenital cerebral syphilis

Congenital syphilis is a medical condition in which syphilis is passed from the mother to the fetus. It results in the malformation of teeth and bones, and reduced mental capacities of the child. The child is also born infected by syphilis.

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Dementia praecox

Dementia praecox is now referred to as Schizophrenia, a mental disorder marked by delusions and paranoia. Often the patient hears voices or sees objects which are not actually present.

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Manic depressive

Manic depressive is now referred to as bipolar disorder. It is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain which causes dramatic alterations of mood and emotions from extreme highs to extreme depression.

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constitutional inferiority

Constitutional inferiority was a supposed medical condition of moral insanity. It was used to define people who behaved in ways that were considered immoral, such as women who were promiscuous or young boys who committed crimes or acts of violence. It was considered to be a hereditary condition.

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epidemic encephalitis

Epidemic encephalitis was a viral infectious disease that originated between 1914 and the 1940s. It caused an inflammation of the brain and left the patient in a statue-like condition.

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Feeble-mindedness

Feebleminded was a vague medical term used to describe people with low IQ’s, mental retardations, or simply deemed “mentally deficient.”

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