In the Name of Eugenics: Genetics and the Uses of Human Heredity [NOOK Book]

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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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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

New York Times Book Review

A revealing study of the tangled history of the eugenics movement and its relation to the science of human genetics...Kevles makes clear the symbiotic relations between the genuine science of genetics [and] the political programs and prejudices of the eugenicists.
— Leon J. Kamin

Scientific American

A lucid and intricate history of eugenics...which has long been the preserve of specialists. Yet an understanding of that history is central to informed debate on issues affecting the public in general and scientists in particular. Kevles's lively and informative book makes that debate possible. It deserves a wide audience.
— Diane B. Paul

New Republic

All the more powerful for confronting folly [with] urbanity and a clear eye.
— Horace Freeland Judson

Journal of Genetics

The historical sweep that [Kevles] brings to bear in this marvellous book should make us ponder over the tenacity of eugenic theories. What does it say about our thought processes and the social structures that foster them? In addition to a gripping text Kevles provides copious notes and an essay on sources. He weaves personal histories into the history of the field so skillfully, blending anecdote, hard science and—albeit in a restricted sense—sociology, all in the correct proportions, all with enviable style and verve, that it is only after putting the book down that you realize you have been instructed while being entertained.
— Vidyanand Nanjundiah

New York Times Book Review - Leon J. Kamin
A revealing study of the tangled history of the eugenics movement and its relation to the science of human genetics...Kevles makes clear the symbiotic relations between the genuine science of genetics [and] the political programs and prejudices of the eugenicists.
Scientific American - Diane B. Paul
A lucid and intricate history of eugenics...which has long been the preserve of specialists. Yet an understanding of that history is central to informed debate on issues affecting the public in general and scientists in particular. Kevles's lively and informative book makes that debate possible. It deserves a wide audience.
New Republic - Horace Freeland Judson
All the more powerful for confronting folly [with] urbanity and a clear eye.
Journal of Genetics - Vidyanand Nanjundiah
The historical sweep that [Kevles] brings to bear in this marvellous book should make us ponder over the tenacity of eugenic theories. What does it say about our thought processes and the social structures that foster them? In addition to a gripping text Kevles provides copious notes and an essay on sources. He weaves personal histories into the history of the field so skillfully, blending anecdote, hard science and--albeit in a restricted sense--sociology, all in the correct proportions, all with enviable style and verve, that it is only after putting the book down that you realize you have been instructed while being entertained.
Stephen Jay Gould
The finest of all books on the history of eugenics.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307831507
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/8/2013
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 919,779
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Daniel Kevles is the Stanley Woodward Professor of History and Law at Yale University.
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Table of Contents

Preface, 1995
I Francis Galton, Founder of the Faith 3
II Karl Pearson for Saint Biometrika 20
III Charles Davenport and the Worship of Great Goncepts 41
IV The Gospel Becomes Popular 57
V Deterioration and Deficiency 70
VI Measures of Regeneration 85
VII Eugenic Enactments 96
VIII A Coalition of Critics 113
IX False Biology 129
X Lionel Penrose and the Colchester Survey 148
XI A Reform Eugenics 164
XII Brave New Biology 176
XIII The Establishment of Human Genetics 193
XIV Apogee of the English School 212
XV Blood, Big Science, and Biochemistry 223
XVI Chromosomes - the Binder's Mistakes 238
XVII A New Eugenics 251
XVIII Varieties of Presumptuousness 269
XIX Songs of Deicide 291
Notes 303
Essay on Sources 383
Acknowledgments 407
Index 411
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