MARTIN W. BARR - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 01/05/1907 - HFSID 311664
MARTIN W. BARR The controversial doctor, an advocate of sterilizing the mentally handicapped and homosexuals, apologizes for not meeting an associate because he could not "face the crowd". Autograph Letter Signed: "Martin W. Barr," in black ink. 5x6½, 4 pages (integral leaf).
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MARTIN W. BARR
The controversial doctor, an advocate of sterilizing the mentally handicapped and homosexuals, apologizes for not meeting an associate because he could not "face the crowd".
Autograph Letter Signed: "Martin W. Barr," in black ink. 5x6½, 4 pages (integral leaf). Elwyn, Pennsylvania, 1907 January 5. In part: "My dear Mr. Drees, First I'd like to say thank you for your kind remembrance. I am indeed very sorry I was not able to pay you some attention but I could not face the crowd. I tried to reach you several times, but without success. I shall hope to see you out here when we are not in 'dress parade'. Thanking you again for your kindness, I am yours faithfully". the doctor continues to speak about rescheduling a meeting with his associate. Martin W. Barr was a practiced mental physician who served as the chief physician of the Pennsylvania Training School for Feeble Minded Children (Elwyn, PA), working under Dr. Isaac Newton Kerlin who had established and fought for laws to sterilize "idiot" children, or otherwise, any child with a mental and sometimes physical disability. While there is very little personal information on the doctor, Barr is very well known for his controversial work as a physician, given that the sterilization experiments he and his associates implemented on hundreds of children are considered grossly inhumane. He also sterilized some homosexuals, although stating that he preferred castration in these cases. He wrote several reports and books on mental health, including Mental Defectives: Their History, Treatment, and Training (1904). Toned. Normal mailing folds. Otherwise, fine condition.
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