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The Science of Human PerfectionHow Genes Became the Heart of American Medicine$
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Nathaniel Comfort

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780300169911

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300169911.001.0001

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The Heredity Clinics

The Heredity Clinics

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(p.97) 4 The Heredity Clinics
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The Science of Human Perfection
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Nathaniel Comfort

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300169911.003.0004

This chapter discusses the creation of the heredity clinic. When the Eugenics Record Office (ERO) shut down the associates of the former ERO superintendent Harry Laughlin established the Heredity clinics in 1939, as a new and hybrid kind of eugenics institute. Heredity clinics started out as eugenics record offices, with affiliations to medical schools and teaching hospitals. These clinics show how interconnected the twin goals of relief of suffering and human improvement could be.

Keywords:   eugenics, hereditary clinics, Harry Laughlin, Eugenics Record Office, human improvement

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