Halliday Sutherland

"Dr. Halliday Sutherland is 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

What was Consumption?

This article has been written as part of a series in the lead up to the Centenary of Dr Sutherland’s speech Consumption: Its Cause and Cure and in which aspects of … Continue reading

8 August 2017 · Leave a comment

Centenary event

September 4th 2017, in one month’s time, will mark the centenary of  Dr. Halliday Sutherland’s speech Consumption: Its Cause and Cure. Today, the story of British eugenics is largely forgotten. Sometimes, … Continue reading

4 August 2017 · Leave a comment

George Bernard Shaw

George Bernard Shaw has said that if a criminal be insane there is all the more reason why he should be executed…

1 July 2017 · Leave a comment

The Perfect Eugenic State

The ‘Lethal Chamber’ in Eugenic Thought is a chapter Dan Stone’s book, Breeding Superman. Stone argues that the concept of the lethal chamber was not unknown to Britons given that it … Continue reading

1 April 2017 · Leave a comment

Heredity & Consumption

On 19th May 1922, the Westminster Gazette published Heredity & Consumption by Dr Halliday Sutherland. In it, he berated eugenists for their views on the disease in which he was a specialist. … Continue reading

1 March 2017 · Leave a comment

Secret admirers

It is interesting to note that some contemporary writers about Marie Stopes sometimes signal that they are disturbed by her eugenic beliefs. For example: Tom Nash wrote of her “troubling interest in eugenics” (The … Continue reading

1 June 2016 · Leave a 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

“Norman Haire” by Diana Wyndham

In Norman Haire and the Study of Sex, Dr. Diana Wyndham asserted, falsely in my opinion, that Dr Halliday Sutherland held “Nazi views” and “advocated the death penalty for contraceptive manufacturers”. … Continue reading

1 December 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

Stopes v. Sutherland in a single object

This object was at the centre of the so-called Birth Control Libel Trial between Marie Stopes and Halliday Sutherland of 1923: The rubber cervical cap was supplied at cost, and fitted free of … Continue reading

2 April 2015 · 2 Comments

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Centenary of the Stopes v. Sutherland libel trial

February 21st, 2023
5.5 years to go.