Moments Of Truth In Genetic Medicine

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Overview

Susan Lindee's original study explores the institutions, disciplines, and ideas that initiated the reconfiguration of genetic medicine from a marginal field in the mid-1950s to a core research frontier of biomedicine. Tracing the work of geneticists and other experts in identifying and classifying disease during the explosive period between 1950 and 1980, Lindee identifies the individual "moments of truth" that moved the field away from its eugenic past to the center of a new world view in which nearly all disease is understood to be fundamentally genetic.

"These fascinating, well-written stories portray what it is like to work in human or medical genetics, both in the clinic and as a researcher."— Nature

"As difficult as it is to pinpoint the key events in history, Lindee manages this well, singling out and humanising the most important events and players."— Lancet

"This history will reward anyone interested in the paths from gene discoveries to cures or the potential for genomic medicine."— Science

"Captures the complexities of research on genetic disease while prompting us to reconsider the distribution of scientific authority and the dynamics of knowledge production."— New England Journal of Medicine

"An elegant, accessible, even thrilling book that is itself a moment of historical truth and a must-read."— Bulletin of the History of Medicine

" Moments of Truth in Genetic Medicine opens up an important area of contemporary biomedicine, the 'genetization' of disease, to historical scrutiny, looking for decisive turning points far beyond the narrow confines of molecular genetics. Written in a highly accessible style, it will be of interest to anyone concerned with the making of biomedical knowledge, genetic and otherwise."— Isis

Susan Lindee is a professor of history at the University of Pennsylvania.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences
Provocative and thoughtful... An important and interesting exploration of post–World War II genetics and its impact on the current revolution in genetics and biology.

— Michael Yudell

Nature
These fascinating, well-written stories portray what it is like to work in human or medical genetics, both in the clinic and as a researcher.

— Uta Francke

Lancet
As difficult as it is to pinpoint the key events in history, Lindee manages this well, singling out and humanising the most important events and players.

— Lindsay Banham

Science
This history will reward anyone interested in the paths from gene discoveries to cures or the potential for genomic medicine.
New England Journal of Medicine
Captures the complexities of research on genetic disease while prompting us to reconsider the distribution of scientific authority and the dynamics of knowledge production.

— Michael R. Dietrich

Bulletin of the History of Medicine
An elegant, accessible, even thrilling book that is itself a moment of historical truth and a must-read.

— Alice Wexler

Journal of History of Biology
An important contribution to our understanding of the making of the future of medicine, not just substantively, but methodologically as well.

— Paolo Palladino

Medical History
Lindee argues that the production of scientific knowledge is a community project involving not just researchers, but also research subjects, patients and their families... The resulting insight into the structure and organization of contemporary biomedicine is one of the chief contributions of this original and important new book.

— Diane Paul

Isis
Moments of Truth in Genetic Medicine opens up an important area of contemporary biomedicine, the 'genetization' of disease, to historical scrutiny, looking for decisive turning points far beyond the narrow confines of molecular genetics. Written in a highly accessible style, it will be of interest to anyone concerned with the making of biomedical knowledge, genetic and otherwise.

— Soraya de Chadarevian

American Journal of Medical Genetics Part A
A fascinating and thorough job of summarizing the emergence of human genetics from an almost totally ignored discipline to its current position as one of the most high-profile biomedical and societal endeavors.

— Ronald G. Davidson

History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences
Thoughtful book... Raises novel issues about the rise of genetic knowledge and formulates questions and strategies that are critical to understanding both the past and future of genetic medicine.

— Stephen Pemberton

Midwest Book Review
A 'must' for any health library concerned with health history, particularly at the college level.
Nature - Uta Francke
These fascinating, well-written stories portray what it is like to work in human or medical genetics, both in the clinic and as a researcher.
Lancet - Lindsay Banham
As difficult as it is to pinpoint the key events in history, Lindee manages this well, singling out and humanising the most important events and players.
New England Journal of Medicine - Michael R. Dietrich
Captures the complexities of research on genetic disease while prompting us to reconsider the distribution of scientific authority and the dynamics of knowledge production.
Bulletin of the History of Medicine - Alice Wexler
An elegant, accessible, even thrilling book that is itself a moment of historical truth and a must-read.
Journal of History of Biology - Paolo Palladino
An important contribution to our understanding of the making of the future of medicine, not just substantively, but methodologically as well.
Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences - Michael Yudell
Provocative and thoughtful... An important and interesting exploration of post–World War II genetics and its impact on the current revolution in genetics and biology.
Medical History - Diane Paul
Lindee argues that the production of scientific knowledge is a community project involving not just researchers, but also research subjects, patients and their families... The resulting insight into the structure and organization of contemporary biomedicine is one of the chief contributions of this original and important new book.
Isis - Soraya de Chadarevian
Moments of Truth in Genetic Medicine opens up an important area of contemporary biomedicine, the 'genetization' of disease, to historical scrutiny, looking for decisive turning points far beyond the narrow confines of molecular genetics. Written in a highly accessible style, it will be of interest to anyone concerned with the making of biomedical knowledge, genetic and otherwise.
American Journal of Medical Genetics Part A - Ronald G. Davidson
A fascinating and thorough job of summarizing the emergence of human genetics from an almost totally ignored discipline to its current position as one of the most high-profile biomedical and societal endeavors.
History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences - Stephen Pemberton
Thoughtful book... Raises novel issues about the rise of genetic knowledge and formulates questions and strategies that are critical to understanding both the past and future of genetic medicine.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801891014
  • Publisher: Hopkins Fulfillment Service
  • Publication date: 9/12/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 284
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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Susan Lindee is a professor of history at the University of Pennsylvania.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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