The historical significance of Buck vs. Bell, Paul Lombardo
Interviewee: Paul Lombardo. Paul Lombardo talks about the historical significance of Buck vs. Bell.
In the history of American law, there is no case like Buck vs. Bell. It's the only occasion in which the Supreme Court of the United States has allowed surgery on a person who didn't wish to be operated on and who didn't need the procedure. The case was built on false facts, false theories and false science. And it was used as a model, not only in the United States, but all over the rest of the world.
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Paul Lombardo talks about low point in medical jurisprudence.
Paul Lombardo talks bout in the Supreme Court decision, Justice Holmes compared sterilization for feeblemindedness to a vaccination for smallpox.
Paul Lombardo talks about Amherst County Courthouse was the first step of a legal case that would lead all the way to the Supreme Court.
Paul Lombardo talks about the case conluded that Carrie, Emma, and Vivian represented three generations of imbeciles, which justified Carrie's sterilization.
Paul Lombardo talks about Vivian died at the age of eight; had she lived longer, that life might have stood as a monument to the abuses of eugenics in the United States.
Paul Lombardo talks about although Carrie was not feebleminded or morally degenerate, this was the way she was portrayed by the lawyers.
Paul Lombardo talks about Carrie's lawyer, Irving Whitehead, colluded with lawyers representing the Virginia Colony to help insure that the case went to the Supreme Court.
Paul Lombardo talks about the forced sterilization of Carrie Buck.
Paul Lombardo talks about the precedent set by Buck vs. Bell.
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