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The lectures contained in this volume were selected from among a number given in various universities and colleges throughout the country in the scholastic year of 1912-1913. They were arranged for in the belief that the most necessary step to be taken towards the end of awakening a eugenical conscience, and thus paving the way to an effective operation of public opinion and to wise legislation along eugenical lines, must be that of education. Therefore, the purpose has been to have the subject of eugenics — what it means, what the necessities for it are, and what are its aims - put clearly

and forcefully before as many undergraduate student bodies as possible.

It being found impracticable to provide for a lecture at every college or university, those twenty-eight were chosen which had registered over two thousand students, and to these were added Wellesley, Vassar, Bryn Mawr, and the University of Virginia. Each of these institutions was then offered an honorarium for a lecture on eugenics to be prepared and delivered by a suitable member of the faculty. This accounts for the repetitions which are found in the volume, although an earnest effort has been made to minimise them. The value of this repetition lies in that it will at once appear, to any reader not already familiar with the subject, that these are not views expressed by a small group of people influenced by each other, but that on the contrary thinking men in various parts of the country concur in the same general belief and admit the same general premises.

L. J. W.

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Delivered at Johns Hopkins University, February 27,

1913, by W. H. Howell, Ph.D., M.D., Sc.D., LL.D.;

Professor of Physiology, Johns Hopkins University.

V Eugenics: Its Data, Scope and PROMISE, AS SEEN BY THE



Delivered at the University of Virginia, January 15,

1913, by Harvey Ernest Jordan, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.;

Professor of Histology and Embryology in the Univer:

sity of Virginia.

VI EUGENICS FROM THE Point of View of the Geneticis . 139

Delivered at Cornell University, May 6, 1913, by Her-

bert John Webber, B.S., M.A., Ph.D., D.AGR.; Profes-

sor of Plant Breeding, Cornell l'niversity; now with

the University of California.

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