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Author Comfort, Nathaniel C.

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

Publication Info. New Haven : Yale University Press, [2012]


Location Pub Note Copy No. Status
 Rock Island Main Lib Adult Non-Fiction - RIPG-6  616.042 COM    AVAILABLE
 Woodstock PL Adult Non-Fiction - WOLY-11  616.042 COM    AVAILABLE
Description xvii, 316 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references 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.
Eugenics -- history.
Heredity -- genetics.
History, 20th Century.
History, 21st Century.
United States.
ISBN 9780300169911 (cloth) (alkaline paper)
0300169914 (cloth) (alkaline paper)

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