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: Tuberculosis

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

mediadiversified.org article

I read an interesting article on the site Media Diversified. It’s called Exhibition review: The white washing of Marie Stopes’ eugenicist beliefs by Dana Khalil Ahmad.  As the title suggests, it was a reflection … Continue reading

1 November 2015 · Leave a comment

Halliday Sutherland relevant today

The curator of this site, Mark Sutherland, tells how it came about: “I never met Halliday Sutherland. He died six months before I was born. Growing up, I became increasingly … Continue reading

2 March 2015 · Leave a comment

Snake-oil and quack medicine

In his speech Consumption: Its Cause and Cure, Halliday Sutherland remarked on the vulnerability of tuberculous people to quack doctors and snake oil merchants: …where the carcase is there shall be … Continue reading

15 January 2015 · Leave a comment

“Exposing the Poor to Experiment”

In 1921 Halliday Sutherland’s book Birth Control: A Statement of Christian Doctrine Against the Neo-Malthusians was published. The book had originated from an article he wrote for The Month (a Catholic magazine). Following … Continue reading

31 October 2014 · Leave a comment

Death in the East-End

In the 19-teens, Halliday Sutherland was the Medical Officer at the Marylebone Anti-Tuberculosis Clinic and he reflected on how the poor were exploited, even in death. From what I saw … Continue reading

15 October 2014 · 1 Comment

Tuberculosis, Heredity and Environment

Halliday Sutherland was the defendant in the celebrated 1923 “Birth Control Libel Trial,”—Stopes v. Sutherland. Historians cite only his 1919 conversion to Catholicism as the reason for his criticism of Marie … Continue reading

25 September 2014 · 1 Comment

Why I set up this website.

by Mark Sutherland, grandson of Halliday Sutherland The birth control movement arose at the beginning of the twentieth century from Eugenics and Neo-Malthusianism.  In the United States, Margaret Sanger’s birth … Continue reading

16 September 2014 · 1 Comment

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Centenary of the Stopes v. Sutherland libel trial

February 21st, 2023
5.8 years to go.