(204) The scientists focusing on the "feeblemindedness
" problem were most concerned about how to implement a "system of control" over those who possessed such defects.
private secretary and close associate, instructing that the moral and political behavior of a person be considered in making a diagnosis of feeblemindedness
. The clear implication was that one could be quick to label "feebleminded" a person seen as hostile to the Nazis, but that one should be cautious indeed about so labeling an ideologically enthusiastic Party member.
Anne Coughlin has thoroughly documented how in the nineteenth-century United States, the marital coercion defense was associated with theories of married women's total submission to their husbands' will, as well as with their feeblemindedness
. See Coughlin, supra note 18, at 28-42.
" and criminality, it had long been
Theories of market economics would assume such behavior to be indicative of feeblemindedness
or irrationality, but the ubiquitousness of volunteerism requires inquiry into the philosophical, sociological, and psychological bases for decisions to undertake demanding work for free.
military's intelligence testing and screening for feeblemindedness
as readily as Gandal.
standards for feeblemindedness
. Her research results matched the later
These include fears about, and solutions to, a perceived 'venereal epidemic'; growing concerns about 'juvenile delinquency'; and what many saw as an alarming rise in 'feeblemindedness
' and 'mental deficiency'.
In plotting the "evolution" of "reasons for sterilization," during the 1930s about 10 percent of reasons made some reference to a family history of mental health problems or feeblemindedness
compared with only 2 percent of the 1940s cases.
In a sense, then, "Arthur Jermyn" is its own "study in the heredity of feeblemindedness
." Like Goddard, Lovecraft traces the effects of degeneracy back to a single genetic cause.
Dan Bryant's contribution as "unwitting" is utterly patronizing, suggesting poor judgment or feeblemindedness
on the part of Bryant.
Unmarried mothers were said to have a hereditary tendency toward 'feeblemindedness
' which was passed to their children.