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

By: Comfort, Nathaniel C.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New Haven, Conn. ; London : Yale University Press, c2012Description: xvii, 316 p. : ill., ports. ; 25 cm.ISBN: 9780300169911 (cloth : alk. paper); 0300169914 (cloth : alk. paper).Subject(s): Medical genetics -- United States -- History | Eugenics -- United States -- History | Heredity -- United States -- History | Genetics, Medical -- history -- United States | Eugenics -- history -- United States | Heredity -- genetics -- United States | History, 20th Century -- United States | History, 21st Century -- United StatesDDC classification:
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.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 269-298) and index.

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