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The Francis Crick Papers

Title:
Letter from Francis Crick to John T. Edsall, Fogarty International Center pdf (67,515 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Letter from Francis Crick to John T. Edsall, Fogarty International Center
Description:
In his letter Crick endorsed Edsall's call for a program of positive eugenics, meaning a social and population policy that would encourage reproduction by people with desirable genetic traits. Both also worried about global population growth, a concern shared with many other scientists at the time. See, for example, Joshua Lederberg's contemporary editorials on this issue in the Washington Post.
NOTE: Crick's signature is cut off on the bottom of the page in the original document.
Number of Image Pages:
1 (67,515 Bytes)
Date:
1971-06-10 (June 10, 1971)
Creator:
Crick, Francis
Recipient:
Edsall, John T.
Fogarty International Center
Source:
Original Repository: Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine. Francis Harry Compton Crick Papers
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Subject:
Medical Subject Headings (MeSH):
Eugenics
Exhibit Category:
Embryology and the Organization of DNA in Higher Organisms, 1966-1976
Relation:
Metadata Record Letter from John T. Edsall, Fogarty International Center to Francis Crick (April 30, 1971) pdf (147,043 Bytes) transcript of pdf
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Metadata Record U.S. Population Growth Could Be Made Bearable (April 4, 1970) (in The Joshua Lederberg Papers) pdf (126,521 Bytes) trs (4,277 Bytes)
/ps/access/BBABXL.pdf
Metadata Record Prophets of Doom Don't Help Population Problem (April 11, 1970) (in The Joshua Lederberg Papers) pdf (105,402 Bytes) trs (3,461 Bytes)
/ps/access/BBABXM.pdf
Box Number: 22
Folder Number: PP/CRI/D/2/14
Unique Identifier:
SCBBNH
Document Type:
Letters (correspondence)
Language:
English
Format:
application/pdf
image/tif
Physical Condition:
Good
Series: Correspondence
SubSeries: Individual Correspondents
Folder: "Jensen's Work"
Transcript:
10th June, 1971
Dear John
I have just come back from my holiday to find your letter of April 30.
I entirely agree with you that the problem of human numbers is at the moment overriding. There has been a very radical change within the last ten years with the exception of a few bodies like the Roman Catholic Church. This point of view is now widely accepted. Moreover, increased funds are already being put into such research. I don't think the small amount of money which is needed to start eugenics research will in any way compete with this. The main difficulty is that people have to start thinking out eugenics in a different way. The Nazis gave it a bad name and I think it is time something was done to make it respectable again.
As far as I can see, we are in agreement on all this, except perhaps for a slight difference of emphasis.
All good wishes,
Yours sincerely
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2008-10-16
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