2.10 Records of eugenical sterilization in North Carolina
Eugenical sterilization in North Carolina. A brief survey of the growth of eugenical sterilization and a report on the work of the Eugenics board of North Carolina through June 30, 1935. North Carolina Eugenics Board, 1935.
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|New cases||Cases carried over from previous meeting||Operations ordered|
|October 21, 1933||3||3|
|January 19, 1934||6||5|
|January 18, 1935||14||13|
|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|
|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|
|13. Epilepsy with mental deficiency||1||2||13||16||3||12||1|
|14. Epilepsy with psychosis||2||2||1||1|
|Type of operation||White||Negro||Total|
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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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