A Century of Eugenics in America: From the Indiana Experiment to the Human Genome Era - Bioethics and the Humanities (Paperback)Paul A. Lombardo (editor), Maxwell J. Mehlman (author of contributions), Angela Logan (author of contributions)
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In 1907, Indiana passed the world's first involuntary sterilization law based on the theory of eugenics. In time, more than 30 states and a dozen foreign countries followed suit. Although the Indiana statute was later declared unconstitutional, other laws restricting immigration and regulating marriage on "eugenic" grounds were still in effect in the U.S. as late as the 1970s. A Century of Eugenics in America assesses the history of eugenics in the United States and its status in the age of the Human Genome Project. The essays explore the early support of compulsory sterilization by doctors and legislators; the implementation of eugenic schemes in Indiana, Georgia, California, Minnesota, North Carolina, and Alabama; the legal and social challenges to sterilization; and the prospects for a eugenics movement basing its claims on modern genetic science.
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Number of pages: 268
Weight: 33 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm
Paul Lombardo has assembled a compelling argument for close monitoring of modern genetic policies in the Human Genome Era . . . It is essential reading. April 20, 2011 * The Internet Review of Books *
Valuable and welcome . . .Vol. 85.4 Winter 2011 * BULLETIN HISTORY OF MEDICINE *
A noted historian of the eugenics movement, editor Lombardo has divided this book into essays . . . The final two essays are perhaps the most important, as they look at the implications for contemporary medicine and law regarding the renewed interest in 'better breeding' as a result of the Human Genome Project. . . . Recommended.October 2011 * Choice *
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