Treatise on the Physical, Intellectual and Moral Degeneration of the Human Race  

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Traité des dégénérescences physiques, intellectuelles et morales de l'espèce humaine et des causes qui produisent ces variétés maladives (Treatise on the Physical, Intellectual and Moral Degeneration of the Human Race, 1857) is a treatise by French doctor Bénédict Augustin Morel in which he argued that some illnesses are caused by degeneration.

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“The degenerate human being, if he is abandoned to himself, falls into a progressive degradation. He becomes…not only incapable of forming part of the chain of transmission of progress in human society, he is the greatest obstacle to this progress through his contact with the healthy proportion of the population.”
"[...] l'être dégénéré, s'il est abandonné à lui-même, tombe dans une dégradation progressive. Il devient (et je ne crains pas de répéter cette vérité), il devient non-seulement incapable de former dans l'humanité la chaîne de transmissibilité d'un progrès, mais il est encore l'obstacle le plus grand à ce progrès, par son contact avec la partie saine de la population. La durée de son existence enfin est limitée comme celle de toutes les monstruosités."





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