The Science of Human Perfection: How Genes Became the Heart of American Medicine

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Price
$30.00
Publisher
Yale University Press
Publish Date
Pages
336
Dimensions
5.71 X 8.98 X 0.7 inches | 0.95 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780300198195

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About the Author
Nathaniel Comfort is associate professor, Department of the History of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University, and a participant in The Oral History of Human Genetics project.
Reviews
"Comfort explains how eugenics became part of medicine, and how medical and human genetics therefore derive in large part from eugenics. The great strength of this book is to work this through agnostically and calmly."--Alison Bashford, The University of Sydney --Alison Bashford (03/13/2012)
"Comfort's compelling narrative transforms our understanding of the history of human genetics in the United States. This book sheds penetrating light on how the simultaneously meritorious and fraught goals of biological improvement and of the alleviation of physical suffering have driven the development of genetic science."--Alexandra Stern, University of Michigan--Alexandra Stern (03/16/2012)
"This is a rich and important book, laced with lively vignettes and provocative judgments, Comfort recounts with an unblinking eye the evolution of medical genetics from its origins in eugenics to the era of the genome. An absorbing and informative work."--Daniel J. Kevles, Stanley Woodward Professor of History, Yale University, and author of "In the Name of Eugenics"

--Daniel J. Kevles (05/01/2012)