The Science of Human Perfection : How Genes Became the Heart of American Medicine EPUB
A challenging new look at the entwined histories of genetic medicine and eugenics, with thoughtful discussion on the moral risks of seeking human perfection
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. The Science of Human Perfection 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.