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Author Comfort, Nathaniel C., author.

Title The science of human perfection : how genes became the heart of American medicine / Nathaniel Comfort
Published New Haven : Yale University Press, [2012]
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Description 1 online resource (xvii, 316 pages) : illustrations, portraits
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
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 269-298) and index
Notes English
Subject Genetics, Medical -- history.
Eugenics -- history.
Heredity -- genetics.
History, 20th Century.
History, 21st Century.
Eugenics -- United States -- History.
Heredity -- United States -- History
Medical genetics -- United States -- History
HEALTH & FITNESS -- Diseases -- Genetic.
MEDICAL -- Genetics.
MEDICAL -- History.
Medical genetics.
United States.
United States.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2012005081
ISBN 0300188870