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Author Comfort, Nathaniel C.

Title The science of human perfection : how genes became the heart of American medicine / Nathaniel Comfort.

Imprint New Haven : Yale University Press, ©2012.

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 Berlin-Peck Memorial Library - Non Fiction  616.042 COMFORT    Check Shelf
 Windsor, Main Library - Adult Department  616.042 CO    Check Shelf
Description xvii, 316 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 269-298) and index.
Contents The Galton-Garrod Society -- Fisher's quest -- A germ theory of genes -- The heredity clinics -- How the geneticists learned to start worrying and love mutation -- Getting their organ -- Genetics without sex.
Summary "Keeping his focus on America, Nathaniel Comfort introduces the community of scientists, physicians, and public health workers who have contributed to the development of medical genetics from the nineteenth century to today. He argues that medical genetics is closely related to eugenics, and indeed that the two cannot be fully understood separately. He also carefully examines how the desire to relieve suffering and to improve ourselves genetically, though noble, may be subverted. History makes clear that as patients and consumers we must take ownership of genetic medicine, using it intelligently, knowledgeably, and skeptically"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Medical genetics -- United States -- History.
Eugenics -- United States -- History.
Heredity -- United States -- History.
Genetics, Medical -- history.
Heredity -- genetics.
Eugenics -- history.
History, 20th Century.
History, 21st Century.
United States.
Förenta staterna.
Eugenics. (OCoLC)fst00916432
Heredity. (OCoLC)fst00955412
Medical genetics. (OCoLC)fst01014133
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Medicinsk genetik -- historia.
Eugenik -- historia.
Rasbiologi -- historia.
Chronological Term 1900-talet
2000-talet
Genre/Form History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
ISBN 9780300169911 (cloth ; alk. paper)
0300169914 (cloth ; alk. paper)
9780300198195 (pbk.)
0300198191 (pbk.)
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