After learning about some of the history of Mental Health, I believe that it is crucial to cover the Eugenics Movement. When discussing the early to mid 20th century one can not simply skip over this important aspect in history. The Eugenics movement affected a big portion of people and the way they conducted their lives based solely on the fact that people in power during this time frame thought of these individuals as being inferior to them. To understand Eugenics in Virginia we need to look at the people who were affected by the movement and the ideology behind the legislators and doctors in charge of Virginia’s mental institutions. The Case Buck v. Bell played a very important role in how eugenics and forced sterilization would be dealt with. This was during a time when basically ordinary people were discriminated against, oppressed, and inhumanly treated by people who were supposed to provide for them the help they needed. When Carrie Buck lost her case against Dr. Bell it reinforced that these doctors could essentially get away with sterilizing whomever they seemed fit for this procedure without the patients say. Seeing how a doctor such as Dr. Joseph S. Dejarnette can influence the structure of a hospital and its patients is also crucial to the underlying history of the Eugenics movement in Virginia. Finally it took until the late 1970s for people to finally get the picture that what they were during such as forced sterilization was humanly wrong.