Halliday Sutherland

"A born writer, especially a born story-teller. Dr. Sutherland, who is distinguished in medicine, is an amateur in the sense that he only writes when he has nothing better to do. But when he does, it could hardly be done better." G.K. Chesterton.

The Planter’s Story

During a university holiday, Halliday Sutherland was sent on a holiday to the Shetland Islands. The doctor with whom he was staying lived five miles from a whaling station. His … Continue reading

1 October 2022 · Leave a comment

Humour in the Stopes v. Sutherland libel trial

Humour in the Stopes v. Sutherland libel trial. That’s it! As the deadline for this month’s post approached, the appeal of this title was that it would have to be … Continue reading

1 September 2022 · Leave a comment

The Delingpod

I was honoured to be this week’s guest on James Delingpole’s Delingpod podcast. We discussed eugenics, tuberculosis and the Stopes v Sutherland libel trial of 1922-24. You can view or … Continue reading

1 August 2022 · 2 Comments

Exterminating Poverty book explained in under three minutes

Exterminating Poverty is the true story about the 1921 eugenic plan to get rid of the poor and Dr Halliday Sutherland’s fight against it. The book is available at amazon.com, amazon.co.uk and amazon.com.au. Three elements … Continue reading

30 July 2022 · Leave a comment

Dr Ian Macdonald

Some of Dr. Halliday Sutherland’s best writing concerns the deaths of close relatives (such as his father) and of patients (example here and here). In A Time To Keep (1934) … Continue reading

1 July 2022 · Leave a comment

Getting it wrong, again

Nine fake “facts” about the Stopes v. Sutherland libel trial As we approach the centenary of the Stopes v Sutherland libel trial, the fake “facts” about the trial will no … Continue reading

1 June 2022 · Leave a comment

A Writ for Libel

On this day one-hundred years ago, 13th May 1922, Dr. Halliday Sutherland was served with a writ for libel. As he recalled in his 1934 memoir A Time to Keep: … Continue reading

13 May 2022 · Leave a comment

Neo-Malthusian Conference

The Fifth International Neo-Malthusian and Birth Control Conference was held in Kingsway Hall, London from 11-14 July 1922. The Conference played a a crucial, though indirect, role in the Stopes … Continue reading

2 May 2022 · Leave a comment

Exterminating Poverty

The centenaries relating to Dr. Sutherland’s fight against eugenics and his legal battle against Marie Stopes are upon us. While the events are one-hundred years old, the ideologies and ideas … Continue reading

13 April 2022 · 1 Comment

“_____ _______”

This month’s article is a question: Which words are missing from the sentence below? “Among the subjects which are agitating the public mind at the present time none approaches in … Continue reading

2 April 2022 · Leave a comment

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Centenary of the Stopes v. Sutherland libel trial

21 February 2023
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