Daniel Kevles traces the study and also practice the eugenics--the science of "improving" the human types by exploiting theory of heredity--from its inception in the late nineteenth century come its many recent manifestation in ~ the field of hereditary engineering. That is well-off in narrative, anecdote, fist to human detail, and stories the competition among scientists who have overcame the field.

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Preface, 1995Preface to the original EditionI. Francis Galton, Founder of the FaithII. Knife Pearson for Saint BiometrikaIII. Charles Davenport and also the prayer of good ConceptsIV. The Gospel becomes PopularV. Deterioration and DeficiencyVI. Steps of RegenerationVII. Eugenic EnactmentsVIII. A Coalition that CriticsIX. False BiologyX. Lionel Penrose and the Colchester SurveyXI. A reform EugenicsXII. Brave new BiologyXIII. The facility of human GeneticsXIV. Apogee that the English SchoolXV. Blood, large Science, and BiochemistryXVI. Chromosomes-the Binder"s MistakesXVII. A brand-new EugenicsXVIII. Varieties of PresumptuousnessXIX. Song of DeicideNotesEssay ~ above SourcesAcknowledgementsIndex

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