ISBN-10:
0674445570
ISBN-13:
9780674445574
Pub. Date:
07/28/1998
Publisher:
Harvard
In the Name of Eugenics: Genetics and the Uses of Human Heredity / Edition 2

In the Name of Eugenics: Genetics and the Uses of Human Heredity / Edition 2

by Daniel J. Kevles

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Overview

In the Name of Eugenics: Genetics and the Uses of Human Heredity / Edition 2

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674445574
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 07/28/1998
Edition description: Second Edition
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 946,546
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 1.12(d)

About the Author

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

Table of Contents

Preface, 1995

Preface to the Original Edition

I. Francis Galton, Founder of the Faith

II. Karl Pearson for Saint Biometrika

III. Charles Davenport and the Worship of Great Concepts

IV. The Gospel Becomes Popular

V. Deterioration and Deficiency

VI. Measures of Regeneration

VII. Eugenic Enactments

VIII. A Coalition of Critics

IX. False Biology

X. Lionel Penrose and the Colchester Survey

XI. A Reform Eugenics

XII. Brave New Biology

XIII. The Establishment of Human Genetics

XIV. Apogee of the English School

XV. Blood, Big Science, and Biochemistry

XVI. Chromosomes-the Binder's Mistakes

XVII. A New Eugenics

XVIII. Varieties of Presumptuousness

XIX. Songs of Deicide

Notes

Essay on Sources

Acknowledgements

Index

What People are Saying About This

The finest of all books on the history of eugenics.

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The finest of all books on the history of eugenics.
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