Feeble-Mindedness: Its Causes and Consequences (1914)
I. SOCIAL PROBLEMS……..1-20
Feeble-mindedness Defined. The Part it Plays in the Problems of Crime, Alcoholism, Prostitution, Pauperism, Ne’er-do-wells, and Truants. Four Lines of Investigation.
II. RELIABILITY OF THE DATA…..21-46
Manner of obtaining the Data. Qualifications of Field Workers; their Work Tested; Reinvestigated Cases; a Sample Report.
III. THE DATA………47-434
Case Histories and Pedigree Charts of 327 Families with 121 Portraits of Children. Explanation of Symbols. Hereditary Feeble-mindedness — Cases 1-164; Probably Hereditary — Cases 165-198. Neuropathic Ancestry — Cases 199-235. Accident Group — Cases 236-292. No Assignable Cause — Cases 293-300. Unclassified — Cases 301-327.
Discussion of Causes of Feeble-mindedness as they appear from our Data. Causes Assigned by Parents or Physicians. Hereditary Feeble-mindedness. Probably Hereditary. Mental Age in Relation to Feeble-mindedness. Neuropathic Ancestry. Accidents (including disease), Accidents before or at Birth, the Mongolian Group, Accidents after Birth, Meningitis. No Cause Discovered. Unclassified Cases.
V. DISCUSSION OF THE DATA……466-532
Summaries of the Charts. Conditions or Diseases found accompanying Feeble-mindedness (with Tables), Alcoholism; Paralytic, Epileptic, Insane or Syphilitic Parents; Tuberculosis; Sexual Immorality; Illegitimate Children; Paralysis. Insanity and Feeble-mindedness. Genius and Feeble-mindedness. Epilepsy and Feeble-mindedness. Criminality and Feeble-mindedness. Syphilis; Blindness and Deafness; Consanguinity ; Twins; Neuroses, Migraine, etc.; Persons in Other Institutions. Tables. Summaries.
VI. MENDEL’S LAW OF INHERITANCE…..533-538
Mendel’s Experiments. The Law. The Explanation.
VII. Is FEEBLE-MINDEDNESS A UNIT CHARACTER?…..539-547
The Negative Side Considered. The Other Side.
VIII. Is THE INHERITANCE OF FEEBLE-MINDEDNESS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE MENDELIAN LAW?…..548-557
The Types of Matings Considered. Our Results. The General Intelligence Theory.
The Eugenic Program. Colonization and Sterilization.
X. PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS…….568-590
Must first Recognize and Treat the Feeble-minded that are in the Hands of the Law; the Pauper, the Criminal, the Drunkard, the Prostitute, etc. Three Principles that Determine Treatment and Training: Levels of Intelligence, Levels Inherited, Relation of Levels of Intelligence to Trainability. Care of Mental Defectives. Industrial Classification. Necessity of Recognition of the Moron. What is to be done with People of Low Intelligence? Resume.