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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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Getting Their Organ

Getting Their Organ

(p.163) 6 Getting Their Organ
The Science of Human Perfection

Nathaniel Comfort

Yale University Press

This chapter argues that Victor McKusik was not the founder of medical genetics, but was rather a mere guide of the discipline as it transcended into becoming molecular genetics and genomics. The chapter explains that when McKusik was studying genetics, the discipline already had an extensive history that stretches back in decades before he even started working on it. During the Progressive era, physicians, public health workers, health reformers, and geneticists, studied the genetics of disease, creating research paradigms and disease model systems that are still in use today.

Keywords:   medical genetics, Victor McKusik, geneticists, molecular genetics, genomics, Progressive era

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