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By the turn of the 20th century, people with mental disorders were usually wards of the state, and eugenicists argued that their care was a growing burden on society. Mental patients made good subjects for eugenic study in state institutions, where eugenics case workers could interview them and obtain their family records. Studies at state mental institutions turned up some of the first "evidence" that "social inadequacy" might be in the genes - some institutions housed a number of related inmates.

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      mental patients,genes,NSDL,NSDL_SetSpec_BEN,wards,20th century,first evidence,inadequacy,oai:nsdl.org:2200/20081106034323731T,image description,History/Policy/Law,Social Sciences,case workers,inmates,Life Science,manic depression,state mental institutions,mental disorders,state institutions,pedigree

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