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


Scan of the Publisher’s Draft of Irish Journey

This document was rediscovered in a suitcase in a cellar in December 2013. Dr. Sutherland received permission to visit the Magdalene Laundry in Galway on condition that any account he wrote be vetted by the Mother Superior of the laundry. This scan shows the parts that were censored.

© Mark Sutherland 2014.

Links to Dr Sutherland’s work.

Links to Dr Sutherland’s work can be found in the following sources:

  • The British Journal of Tuberculosis (link)
  • British Medical Journal (link)

Consumption: Its Causes and Cure.

A scan of Consumption: Its Causes and Cure, a speech which signalled his opposition to Eugenics as an ideology preventing the elimination of tuberculosis can is available on request.

© Mark Sutherland 2014.

At the beginning of the Twentieth Century there was great public concern at a dramatic decline in the birth rate. This concern preceded the Great War which made the problem more acute. The National Birth Rate Commission sought answers to the challenges it presented. The second report of the Commission Problems of Population and Parenthood is available online here.

Eugenics Review

Copies of The Eugenics Review can be read here (the editions relating to  the early 20th Century are at the bottom of the page).

Works by Marie Stopes

Marie Stopes sued Sutherland for libel in 1922. Radiant Motherhood is linked here because it reveals her ‘positive’ and ‘negative’ eugenic goals, particularly in Chapter XX. It was Sutherland’s reaction to Stopes’ eugenic agenda and the impact it would have on his tuberculous patients that led to criticism of her work. Hagiographers of Stopes airbrushed her eugenic agenda from history.


The Racial Imperatives of Sex: birth control and eugenics in Britain, the United States and Australia in the interwar years. This article details the links between the early birth control movement, eugenics and Malthusianism.

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Centenary of the Stopes v. Sutherland libel trial

February 21st, 2023
5 years to go.