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.

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“Yes” to consistency (3/3)

“China is forcing women to be sterilised or fitted with contraceptive devices in Xinjiang in an apparent attempt to limit the population of Muslim Uighurs, according to new research.” China … Continue reading

12 July 2020 · 1 Comment

“Yes” to accurate history (2/3)

Essays and articles about British eugenicists are often based on the assumption that eugenic principles were not put into practice in Britain.[1] As a result, the degree to which British … Continue reading

3 July 2020 · Leave a comment

Burying Eugenics to Save Marie Stopes

Dr Marie Stopes is a key figure in the foundation myth of the British birth-control movement. The established narrative of a woman acting selflessly to give her poorer sisters reproductive … Continue reading

17 March 2020 · Leave a comment

A New Book

In my most recent post, I said that I had completed a big project. It is completing the writing of Exterminating Poverty: The incredible true story of the eugenic plan … Continue reading

18 December 2019 · Leave a comment

Happy Christmas 2019

Wishing you (and your loved ones) a happy and safe Christmas! Thank you for your attention and support during 2019. I am delighted to say that, in the next few … Continue reading

15 December 2019 · Leave a comment

A doodle

This drawing appeared in the Evening Standard on Tuesday 5th October 1937 on the page headed “Doodles”. “They are still doodling, Doctors and clergymen, clerks and bus-drivers, novelists and housewives — … Continue reading

1 October 2019 · Leave a comment

Elevator pitch

The idea of an “elevator pitch” is to briefly encapsulate a story into the bare essentials. Here’s a summary of the trial of Dr Halliday Sutherland in the High Court … Continue reading

16 September 2018 · Leave a comment

On miracles

On miracles, Dr Sutherland wrote: Mental attitudes towards miracles are often curious. Thus a person may blindly believe that the astral body of a fakir has been seen walking about … Continue reading

1 February 2018 · Leave a comment

Positive eugenics?

Some correspondents read the word “negative eugenics” in a recent infographic in the sense of “reprehensible”. Why specify “negative,” they asked, when surely all eugenic measures are reprehensible? Did “negative” imply that there … Continue reading

28 January 2018 · Leave a comment

New feature: infographics

Understanding the life of Dr Halliday Sutherland involves the getting to grips with the legal, medical, political, religious and social issues of his era. This has meant that the historical … Continue reading

18 January 2018 · 1 Comment

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Centenary of the Stopes v. Sutherland libel trial

21 February 2023
2.4 years to go.