The Scary Side of Genetics
The Carlat Psychiatry Report, Volume 3, Number 11, November 2005
Daniel Carlat, MD
Dr. Carlat has disclosed that he has no significant relationships with or financial interests in any commercial companies pertaining to this educational activity.
As science continues to explore the genetic components of mental illness, concerns about eugenics cannot be far behind. Long before the days of prenatal diagnosis, and difficult decisions about whether or not to terminate a pregnancy, there was a debate in the pages of the American Journal of Psychiatry in 1942 about actually killing so-called “feebleminded” people.