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In the Name of Eugenics

In the Name of Eugenics

Genetics and the Uses of Human Heredity

Daniel J. Kevles

ISBN 9780674445574

Publication date: 07/21/1998

Daniel Kevles traces the study and practice of eugenics--the science of "improving" the human species by exploiting theories of heredity--from its inception in the late nineteenth century to its most recent manifestation within the field of genetic engineering. It is rich in narrative, anecdote, attention to human detail, and stories of competition among scientists who have dominated the field.


  • A revealing study of the tangled history of the eugenics movement and its relation to the science of human genetics...Kevles makes clear the symbiotic relations between the genuine science of genetics [and] the political programs and prejudices of the eugenicists.

    —Leon J. Kamin, New York Times Book Review


  • Daniel Kevles is Stanley Woodward Professor of History and Law at Yale University.

Book Details

  • 448 pages
  • 1-3/16 x 5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches
  • Harvard University Press

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