Eugenical Standards: Measuring the Science of Disability

The eugenic impulse to stratify deaf children through questions of heredity was thereby part of a larger process of normalizing and standardizing deaf education and tied to progressive goals of health, prevention, and efficiency.

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Numbers, graphs, and formulas possess immense rhetorical power, especially when enhanced by bureaucratic management. In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, disability presented new approaches for interweaving medical surveillance and health surveillance with eugenics to translate scientific data about heredity into social policies.


Disability Medicine

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