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The Resource Davenport's dream : 21st century reflections on heredity and eugenics, edited by Jan A. Witkowski, John R. Inglis

Davenport's dream : 21st century reflections on heredity and eugenics, edited by Jan A. Witkowski, John R. Inglis

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Davenport's dream : 21st century reflections on heredity and eugenics
Title
Davenport's dream
Title remainder
21st century reflections on heredity and eugenics
Statement of responsibility
edited by Jan A. Witkowski, John R. Inglis
Title variation
Davenport's dream
Title variation remainder
twenty first century reflections on heredity and eugenics
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • Davenport's Dream: 21st Century Reflections on Heredity and Eugenics is a cautionary tale in two parts. One part is a facsimile of the first and one of the most influential textbooks on human genetics to appear in the 20th century, Charles Davenport's 1911 book Heredity in Relation to Eugenics. The other is a series of reflections by 12 eminent scholars on questions about ourselves and our humanity that preoccupied Davenport and continue to challenge us today - the meaning of genetic variation, the sources of mental illness, the influence of nature versus nurture, and the processes of human evolution. Charles Davenport was an early convert to Mendelism and one of the first to argue that Mendel's laws governed all human characteristics, supporting this view with hundreds of painstakingly collected family pedigrees. His book Heredity in Relation to Eugenics provided an academic basis for the eugenics movement in the United States, a campaign to encourage the gifted to procreate and to "cut off the lower levels" and. "dry up the springs that feed the torrent of defective and degenerate protoplasm," believed to underlie the characteristics of criminals, the "feeble-minded," and the poor
  • Although Davenport's science has long been discredited and the eugenic ideals of the early part of the 20th century have been rejected, the hope remains of being able to correct genetic injustices. In the 21st century, increased knowledge of the genetics of many diseases and the sequencing of the human genome offer new possibilities for practicing eugenics at the personal level, as do DNA databases (e.g., deCODE in Iceland), prenatal screening, genetic enhancement, selective sperm banks, and in vitro fertilization and embryo selection. The first part of Davenport's Dream explores these developments through the experience and insights of a group of eminent scholars who discuss topics that preoccupied Davenport - human genetic variation, mental illness, nature versus nurture, and human evolution. Davenports dream of using genetics to improve the human condition has taken new guises in the 21st century, but with the distance of almost 100 years the dangers of combining social and political motives with the practice of science have become very clear, as have the injustices that resulted
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DLC
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
  • 1947-
  • 1866-1944
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Witkowski, J. A.
  • Inglis, J. R.
  • Davenport, Charles Benedict
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  • Human genetics
  • Human genetics
  • Eugenics
  • Genetics, medical
  • Davenport, Charles Benedict
  • Davenport, Charles Benedict
Label
Davenport's dream : 21st century reflections on heredity and eugenics, edited by Jan A. Witkowski, John R. Inglis
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Includes reprint of Charles Benedict Davenport's 'Heredity in relation to eugenics' -- New York : Henry Holt and Company, 1911
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 273-287) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Jan A. Witkowski
  • The eugenic world of Charles Benedict Davenport
  • Elof A. Carlson
  • Davenport's dream
  • Maynard V. Olson
  • Genetic determinism and evolutionary ethics : a mitochondrial perspective
  • Douglas C. Wallace
  • Psychiatric genetics in an era of relative enlightenment
  • Daniel R. Weinberger and David Goldman
  • Genes in mind?
  • Preface
  • Lindsey Kent and Simon Baron-Cohen
  • Davenport and heredity counseling
  • Philip R. Reilly
  • Genetics and equality
  • Ronald Dworkin
  • Genetics and human nature
  • Lewis Wolpert
  • A reprint of Heredity in relation to eugenics
  • Charles Benedict Davenport (published by Henry Holt and Company, New York, 1911)
  • Jan A. Witkowski and John R. Inglis
  • Foreword
  • Matt Ridley
  • Illustrations
  • Genes and politics
  • James D. Watson
  • Charles Benedict Davenport, 1866-1944
Control code
6286626
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xi, 191, xi, 298 p., [1] leaf of pl.
Isbn
9780879697563
Lccn
2007050996
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
ill. (some col.), maps
Label
Davenport's dream : 21st century reflections on heredity and eugenics, edited by Jan A. Witkowski, John R. Inglis
Publication
Note
Includes reprint of Charles Benedict Davenport's 'Heredity in relation to eugenics' -- New York : Henry Holt and Company, 1911
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 273-287) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Jan A. Witkowski
  • The eugenic world of Charles Benedict Davenport
  • Elof A. Carlson
  • Davenport's dream
  • Maynard V. Olson
  • Genetic determinism and evolutionary ethics : a mitochondrial perspective
  • Douglas C. Wallace
  • Psychiatric genetics in an era of relative enlightenment
  • Daniel R. Weinberger and David Goldman
  • Genes in mind?
  • Preface
  • Lindsey Kent and Simon Baron-Cohen
  • Davenport and heredity counseling
  • Philip R. Reilly
  • Genetics and equality
  • Ronald Dworkin
  • Genetics and human nature
  • Lewis Wolpert
  • A reprint of Heredity in relation to eugenics
  • Charles Benedict Davenport (published by Henry Holt and Company, New York, 1911)
  • Jan A. Witkowski and John R. Inglis
  • Foreword
  • Matt Ridley
  • Illustrations
  • Genes and politics
  • James D. Watson
  • Charles Benedict Davenport, 1866-1944
Control code
6286626
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xi, 191, xi, 298 p., [1] leaf of pl.
Isbn
9780879697563
Lccn
2007050996
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
ill. (some col.), maps

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