The Science of Human Perfection

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Opis: The Science of Human Perfection - Nathaniel C. Comfort

Almost daily we hear news stories, advertisements, and scientific reports that promise genetic medicine will make us live longer, enable doctors to identify and treat diseases before they start, and individualize our medical care. But surprisingly, a century ago eugenicists were making the same promises. The "Science of Human Perfection" traces the history of the promises of medical genetics and of the medical dimension of eugenics. The book also considers social and ethical issues that cast troublesome shadows over these fields. Keeping his focus on America, science historian Nathaniel Comfort introduces the community of scientists, physicians, and public health workers who have contributed to the development of medical genetics from the nineteenth century to today. He argues that medical genetics is closely related to eugenics, and indeed the two cannot be fully understood separately. He also carefully examines how the desire to relieve suffering and to improve ourselves genetically, though noble, may be subverted. History makes clear that as patients and consumers we must take ownership of genetic medicine, using it intelligently, knowledgeably, and sceptically, lest pernicious interests trump our own. "This is a rich and important book, laced with lively vignettes and provocative judgments, Comfort recounts with an unblinking eye the evolution of medical genetics from its origins in eugenics to the era of the genome. An absorbing and informative work."--Daniel J. Kevles, Stanley Woodward Professor of History, Yale University, and author of "In the Name of Eugenics"--Daniel J. Kevles (05/01/2012)


Szczegóły: The Science of Human Perfection - Nathaniel C. Comfort

Tytuł: The Science of Human Perfection
Autor: Nathaniel C. Comfort
Producent: Yale University Press
ISBN: 9780300169911
Rok produkcji: 2012
Ilość stron: 320
Oprawa: Twarda
Waga: 0.61 kg


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The Science of Human Perfection

Almost daily we hear news stories, advertisements, and scientific reports that promise genetic medicine will make us live longer, enable doctors to identify and treat diseases before they start, and individualize our medical care. But surprisingly, a century ago eugenicists were making the same promises. The "Science of Human Perfection" traces the history of the promises of medical genetics and of the medical dimension of eugenics. The book also considers social and ethical issues that cast troublesome shadows over these fields. Keeping his focus on America, science historian Nathaniel Comfort introduces the community of scientists, physicians, and public health workers who have contributed to the development of medical genetics from the nineteenth century to today. He argues that medical genetics is closely related to eugenics, and indeed the two cannot be fully understood separately. He also carefully examines how the desire to relieve suffering and to improve ourselves genetically, though noble, may be subverted. History makes clear that as patients and consumers we must take ownership of genetic medicine, using it intelligently, knowledgeably, and sceptically, lest pernicious interests trump our own. "This is a rich and important book, laced with lively vignettes and provocative judgments, Comfort recounts with an unblinking eye the evolution of medical genetics from its origins in eugenics to the era of the genome. An absorbing and informative work."--Daniel J. Kevles, Stanley Woodward Professor of History, Yale University, and author of "In the Name of Eugenics"--Daniel J. Kevles (05/01/2012)

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Szczegóły: The Science of Human Perfection - Nathaniel C. Comfort

Tytuł: The Science of Human Perfection
Autor: Nathaniel C. Comfort
Producent: Yale University Press
ISBN: 9780300169911
Rok produkcji: 2012
Ilość stron: 320
Oprawa: Twarda
Waga: 0.61 kg


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