In the Name of Eugenics: Genetics and the Uses of Human Heredity

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University of California Press, 1995 - Eugenics - 426 pages
Daniel Kevles traces the study and practice of eugenics--the science of "improving" the human species by exploiting theories of heredity--from its inception in the late nineteenth century to its most recent manifestation within the field of genetic engineering. It is rich in narrative, anecdote, attention to human detail, and stories of competition among scientists who have dominated the field.
 

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Contents

Francis Galton Founder of the Faith
3
Karl Pearson for Saint Biometrika
20
Charles Davenport and the Worship of Great Concepts
41
The Gospel Becomes Popular
57
Deterioration and Deficiency
71
Measures of Regeneration
85
Eugenie Enaetments
96
A Coalition of Critics
113
The Establishment of Human Genetics
193
Apogee of the English School
212
Blood Big Science and Biochemistry
223
Chromosomesthe Binders Mistakes
238
A New Eugenics
251
Varieties of Presumptuousness
269
Songs of Deieide
291
Notes so Essay on Sources
383

False Biology
129
Lionel Penrose and the Colchester Survey
148
A Reform Eugenics
164
Brave New Biology
176
Acknowledgments
407
Index
411
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Daniel J. Kevles, the Stanley Woodward Professor of History at Yale University, taught American history for many years at the California Institute of Technology. He has written extensively on the history of science and its relationship to American politics and society in the twentieth century. His works include The Physicists: The History of a Scientific Community in Modern America and In the Name of Eugenics: Genetics and the Uses of Human Heredity. He is a member of the American Philosophical Society and the Society of American Historians and is currently a Distinguished Lecturer of the Organization of American Historians.

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