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: Eugenics

“Where are my children?”

The penultimate paragraph of Birth Control: A Statement of Christian Doctrine Against the Neo-Malthusians contained this sentence: “Where are my children?” was the question shouted yesterday from the cinemas. While … Continue reading

1 June 2018 · Leave a comment

The Tenets of the C.B.C.

What did Marie Stopes’Society for Constructive Birth Control and Racial Progress stand for? The “Tenets of the C.B.C.” were set out in an appendix in the first edition of Aylmer Maude’s … Continue reading

15 May 2018 · 2 Comments

Polite letters

Whilst at school, I was a member of an Amnesty International group. Back then, the focus of A.I. was on “prisoners of conscience”—people persecuted, imprisoned and worse for their political or religious … Continue reading

1 May 2018 · Leave a comment

Babies in the Right Place

“Babies in the Right Place” was the catch cry of the Society for Constructive Birth Control (C.B.C.), but what did it actually mean? Three artifacts provide the best explanation in … Continue reading

11 March 2018 · 4 Comments

Exterminate poverty

Dr Marie Stopes and Mr Humphrey Roe opened the first birth control clinic in the British Empire on 17th March 1921. Sir James Barr recognised that dispensing contraceptives could be … Continue reading

28 February 2018 · Leave a comment

The marriage of undesirables

Sir James Barr made a speech The Future of the Medical Profession on 21st September 1918. At the time, tuberculosis killed 70,000 and disabled 150,000 people in Britain each year. … Continue reading

27 February 2018 · Leave a comment

Check the unfit

“The bulk of the tuberculous belong to stocks which we want ab initio to discourage. Everything which tends to check the multiplication of the unfit, to emphasize the at the fertility of the physically … Continue reading

25 February 2018 · 3 Comments

Race breeders

  “There are some self-styled eugenists—…race breeders with the souls of cattle-breeders—who declaim that the prevention of disease is not in itself a good thing. They say the efficiency of … Continue reading

22 February 2018 · Leave a comment

Centenary!

One-hundred years ago, on Tuesday 4th September 1917, Dr Halliday Sutherland addressed a meeting of the National Council of the Young Men’s Christian Association in King George’s Hall, in London. … Continue reading

4 September 2017 · 1 Comment

Was Consumption inherited?

The Centenary of Dr Sutherland’s speech Consumption: Its Cause and Cure occurs on 4th September 2017. Here is an excerpt in which he posed the question: Is the illness inherited? Which he then … Continue reading

26 August 2017 · 1 Comment

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Centenary of the Stopes v. Sutherland libel trial

21 February 2023
4.3 years to go.