Square, males; circles, females; shaded, affected. Figures in circles indicate 2 or 3 normals; [dagger symbol] 3, [dagger symbol] 8, [dagger symbol] 39, age at death. Apop., apoplexy; tub'r, tuberculosis.
Fit and Unfit Matings
imbecile offspring. Barr gives us such data as the following from his experience. A feeble-minded man of 38 has a delicate wife who in 20 years has borne him 19 defective children. A feeble-minded epileptic mother and an irresponsible father have 7 idiotic and imbecile children. The L family numbers 7 persons, both parents and all 5 children imbecile. Among the "Family Records" I have been collecting there occurs the R family where A (insane) marries in succession two mentally weak wives and has 13 children, all mentally weak. (Plate A 5.) In a case described by Bennett, a defective father and imbecile mother have 7 children all more or less mentally and morally defective. There is, so far as I am aware, no case on record where two imbecile parents have produced a normal child. So definite and certain is the result of the marriage of two imbeciles, and so disastrous is reproduction by an imbecile under any conditions that it is a disgrace of the first magnitude that thousands of children are annually born in this country of imbecile parents to replace and probably more than replace the deaths in the army