Dr. 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

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

The steady evil

With these words, Dr Marie Stopes explained why she set up the Society for Constructive Birth Control and Racial Progress in 1921 to support her Holloway Mothers’ Clinic. The activities of the … Continue reading

1 March 2018 · Leave a comment

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

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

St Henry

This grisly scene took place on the icy surface of Lake Köyliön in 1157. Dr Sutherland explains: Bishop Henry was an Englishman and probably of Norman descent. On a winter’s day in … Continue reading

1 January 2018 · 1 Comment

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Centenary of the Stopes v. Sutherland libel trial

February 21st, 2023
4.5 years to go.