Vital Signs March 2005 Has America Lost Her Moral Gag Reflex? By Beverly K. Eakman Since 1935, a branch of psychiatry specializing in hereditary illnesses and abnormalities known as “behavioral eugenics” has been warning of rampant mental illness. To read the full article, please sign in or create a free account to view Chronicles content for 30 days. Beverly K. Eakman Beverly K. Eakman is a lecturer, columnist, and the author of four books on mental- health issues, data-trafficking, and education. Her latest book is Walking Targets: How Our Psychologized Classrooms Are Producing a Nation of Sitting Ducks.