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The Science of Human Perfection: How Genes Became the Heart of American Medicine

Nathaniel 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. This book 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 the focus on America, the book introduces the community of scientists, physician ... More

Keywords: eugenics, medical genetics, patients, genetic medicine, disease, doctors

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780300169911
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300169911.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nathaniel Comfort, author