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.

Category Archives: Books

Burying Galton to Save Eugenics

One month ago, there was a furore over eugenics in the British press. For all the protestations that eugenics had no place in modern Britain, it now appears that the … Continue reading

15 March 2020 · 1 Comment

A double standard

On Monday, 17th February 2020, British media reported the resignation of Mr Andrew Sabisky, an adviser to the British government. Newspaper reports, such as this one in The Guardian, attributed … Continue reading

20 February 2020 · Leave a comment

“Exterminating Poverty” now available for pre-order on Kindle

Good news! Exterminating Poverty: The incredible true story of the eugenic plan to get rid of the poor and the Scottish doctor who fought against it is now available for … Continue reading

6 January 2020 · Leave a comment

“Birth Control” republished

Dr Halliday Sutherland’s 1922 book: Birth Control: A Statement of Christian Doctrine Against the Neo-Malthusians has been republished by Tumblar House. The 2018 edition includes a foreword by Charles A. Coulombe, … Continue reading

20 August 2018 · Leave a comment

Spanish Journey

In August 1946, Halliday Sutherland travelled to Spain at the invitation of the Spanish Government—why did he go? As he explained in the beginning of Spanish Journey: A communist sent me to … Continue reading

1 August 2016 · 1 Comment

“Roman Catholic Doctor”

Biographies of Marie Stopes deal with Halliday Sutherland in remarkably similar ways. They tell you three essential facts: They tell you that he was a “Roman Catholic doctor”; that he heard Professor Anne McIlroy speak … Continue reading

1 April 2016 · 1 Comment

“The Trial of Marie Stopes”

Sunday, February 21, 2016 marked the 93rd Anniversary of the opening of the Stopes v. Sutherland trial in the High Court of Justice on 21st February 1923 (the “Birth Control Libel Trial”). The case … Continue reading

21 February 2016 · 3 Comments

The Death of a Brave Man

Completing his medical degree at Edinburgh in 1906, Halliday Sutherland travelled to Huelva, a seaport at the Mouth of the Odiel River in South-Western Spain. Here, he stayed with his uncle, Dr Ian … Continue reading

1 August 2015 · Leave a comment

Malthus, Malthusianism, Neo-Malthusianism 3

This is the third article (in a series of three) on Malthus, Malthusianism and  Neo-Malthusianism. It outlines Halliday Sutherland’s objections to the doctrine. Let’s start with a recap on Malthusian ideas: Malthus … Continue reading

1 July 2015 · Leave a comment

Malthus, Malthusianism, Neo-Malthusianism 1

In 1922, Halliday Sutherland’s book Birth Control was published. A modern reader might expect that a book with this title would be concerned with family planning and contraception. The full title of … Continue reading

1 May 2015 · Leave a comment

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Centenary of the Stopes v. Sutherland libel trial

21 February 2023
2.9 years to go.