Pillars of Society (2015)


Letchworth Village — Thiells, New York

The Letchworth Village administration developed a relationship with the Eugenics Record Office affiliated with the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory on the north shore of Suffolk County, Long Island.  This organization, established by Charles Davenport, a prominent biologist, who wanted to apply Mendel’s laws of genetics to human beings.  The Eugenics Record Office maintained background histories of Letchworth residents, and collaborated on medical experiments on children subjected to polio virus inoculations. Additional research was performed without any type of informed consent by  George Jervis. Jervis was a pioneering doctor in understanding of Phenylketonuria, a genetic disease that leads to mental retardation, who used the Letchworth children as his subjects.

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Letchworth Village



7 responses to “Pillars of Society (2015)

    • Thank you Malin – a “soft” use of HDR here – trying to get the perspective of someone who was locked up here – right behind me were the ward windows, but they had been all boarded up – hence my using this exterior view of the grounds.

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