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Author Morgan, Lynn.

Title Icons of Life : A Cultural History of Human Embryos
Published CA : University of California Press, 2009
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Description 1 online resource (329 pages)
Contents Cover; Contents; Illustrations; Preface; 1 / A Skeleton in the Closet and Fetuses in the Basement; 2 / Embryo Visions; 3 / Building a Collection; 4 / Inside the Embryo Production Factory; 5 / Traffic in "Embryo Babies"; 6 / Embryo Tales; 7 / From Dead Embryos to Icons of Life; 8 / The Demise of the Mount Holyoke Collection; Notes; References; Index
Summary Icons of Life tells the engrossing and provocative story of an early twentieth-century undertaking, the Carnegie Institution of Washington's project to collect thousands of embryos for scientific study. Lynn M. Morgan blends social analysis, sleuthing, and humor to trace the history of specimen collecting. In the process, she illuminates how a hundred-year-old scientific endeavor continues to be felt in today's fraught arena of maternal and fetal politics. Until the embryo collecting project-which she follows from the Johns Hopkins anatomy department, through Baltimore foundling homes, and all
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 257-297) and index
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Subject Embryology, Human -- Social aspects.
Human reproductive technology -- Social aspects.
Medical anthropology.
Tissue culture -- Social aspects.
Anthropology, Cultural.
Collections as Topic.
Embryo Research -- ethics.
Embryo Research -- history.
Embryology -- history.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0520260430 (cloth)
0520260449 (paper)
0520944720 (electronic bk.)
9780520260436 (cloth)
9780520260443 (paper)
9780520944725 (electronic bk.)