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

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

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

The following comes from a handwritten manuscript found in Dr. Sutherland’s papers. It is called “The Perfect Eugenic State” and is likely to have been written in the 1920s or … Continue reading

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 · 1 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

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Centenary of the Stopes v. Sutherland libel trial

21 February 2023
3 years to go.