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Author Paul, Diane B., 1946-

Title The politics of heredity : essays on eugenics, biomedicine, and the nature-nurture debate / Diane B. Paul
Published Albany : State University of New York Press, ©1998


Description 1 online resource (viii, 219 pages)
Series SUNY series, philosophy and biology
SUNY series in philosophy and biology.
Contents Introduction -- Eugenics and the left -- The nine lives of discredited data -- The Rockefeller Foundation and the origins of behavior genetics -- A debate that refuses to die -- Eugenic anxieties, social realities, and political choices -- Did eugenics rest on an elementary mistake? -- Eugenic origins of medical genetics -- Genes and contagious disease : the rise and fall of a metaphor -- PKU screening : competing agendas, converging stories
Summary This book explores the development of hybrid corn, the history of eugenics, human genetics, the nature-nurture debate, the origins of the Marxian concept of proletarian science, the shift in the meaning of "fitness" in evolutionary theory, the practice of normal science in Nazi Germany, and the making and selling of science textbooks. While the topics are diverse, a common theme unites them - each explores links between biological science, social power, and public policy
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Human genetics -- Political aspects -- History
Eugenics -- Political aspects -- History
Nature and nurture -- Political aspects -- History
Politics, Practical.
Genetics, Medical -- history
Eugenics -- history
MEDICAL -- Ethics.
Politics, Practical.
Eugenics -- Political aspects.
Nature and nurture -- Political aspects.
Génétique médicale -- Histoire.
Eugénisme -- Histoire.
Politique -- Histoire.
Politieke aspecten.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0585091358