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How the Geneticists Learned to Start Worrying and Love Mutation

Nathaniel Comfort

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

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300169911
eISBN:
9780300188875
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300169911.003.0005
Subject:
Society and Culture, Technology and Society

This chapter explains that the postwar period created a new professional and public environment for human genetics as the relationship between heredity and human health suddenly became an important ... More


The Heredity Clinics

Nathaniel Comfort

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

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300169911
eISBN:
9780300188875
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300169911.003.0004
Subject:
Society and Culture, Technology and Society

This chapter discusses the creation of the heredity clinic. When the Eugenics Record Office (ERO) shut down the associates of the former ERO superintendent Harry Laughlin established the Heredity ... More


Perfectibility in the Revolutionary Era: Utopian Politics and Dystopian Fictions

in The Wild Girl, Natural Man, and the Monster: Dangerous Experiments in the Age of Enlightenment

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226160559
eISBN:
9780226160573
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226160573.003.0006
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History

A revolution posits the notion not only that individuals are malleable, but also that the whole body politic may be changed. Revolutionary writers recast the age-old biblical figure of l'homme ... More


Race Betterment and Tropical Medicine in Imperial San Francisco

Alexandra Minna Stern

in Eugenic Nation: Faults and Frontiers of Better Breeding in Modern America

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780520285064
eISBN:
9780520960657
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520285064.003.0002
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter focuses on the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in 1915, where West Coast eugenics initially coalesced under the aegis of the Race Betterment Foundation. It describes the context ... More


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