Some famous victims of eugenics

Under the Mental Deficiency Act, two of the Queen Mother’s cousins were incarcerated, as was the ‘lost prince’ – the Queen’s uncle. (The 2002 BBC TV film, The Lost Prince, by Steven Poliakoff, told his story). As a boy, he was diagnosed as an epileptic and shut away from the rest of the family until his death.

Similar laws in America led to President Kennedy’s sister being kept in an institution and then having a frontal lobotomy. This led Kennedy to bring about reform during his Presidency, allowing people with learning difficulties to live in the community.

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Published in: on February 3, 2007 at 3:15 am  Comments Off on Some famous victims of eugenics  
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