Coverart for item
The Resource Genetics in the madhouse : the unknown history of human heredity, Theodore M. Porter

Genetics in the madhouse : the unknown history of human heredity, Theodore M. Porter

Label
Genetics in the madhouse : the unknown history of human heredity
Title
Genetics in the madhouse
Title remainder
the unknown history of human heredity
Statement of responsibility
Theodore M. Porter
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
In the early 1800s, a century before there was any concept of the gene, physicians in insane asylums began to record causes of madness in their admission books. Almost from the beginning, they pointed to heredity as the most important of these causes. As doctors and state officials steadily lost faith in the capacity of asylum care to stem the terrible increase of insanity, they began emphasizing the need to curb the reproduction of the insane. They became obsessed with identifying weak or tainted families and anticipating the outcomes of their marriages. Genetics in the Madhouse is the untold story of how the collection and sorting of hereditary data in mental hospitals, schools for "feebleminded" children, and prisons gave rise to a new science of human heredity.In this compelling book, Theodore Porter draws on untapped archival evidence from across Europe and North America to bring to light the hidden history behind modern genetics. He looks at the institutional use of pedigree charts, censuses of mental illness, medical-social surveys, and other data techniques--innovative quantitative practices that were worked out in the madhouse long before the manipulation of DNA became possible in the lab. Porter argues that asylum doctors developed many of the ideologies and methods of what would come to be known as eugenics, and deepens our appreciation of the moral issues at stake in data work conducted on the border of subjectivity and science.A bold rethinking of asylum work, Genetics in the Madhouse shows how heredity was a human science as well as a medical and biological one
Cataloging source
YDX
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1953-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Porter, Theodore M.
Dewey number
363.9/2
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
HQ755.35
LC item number
.P67 2018
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Eugenics
  • Mental illness
Label
Genetics in the madhouse : the unknown history of human heredity, Theodore M. Porter
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 407-433) 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
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xii, 447 pages : b illustrations
Isbn
9780691164540
Lccn
2018935173
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • on1004919887
  • (OCoLC)1004919887
  • 2390210
Label
Genetics in the madhouse : the unknown history of human heredity, Theodore M. Porter
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 407-433) 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
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xii, 447 pages : b illustrations
Isbn
9780691164540
Lccn
2018935173
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • on1004919887
  • (OCoLC)1004919887
  • 2390210

Library Locations

    • DavidsonBorrow it
      119 South Main Street, Davidson, NC, 28036, US
      35.498441 -80.8505028
    • West BoulevardBorrow it
      2157 West Boulevard, Charlotte, NC, 28208, US
      35.2111493 -80.8983269
Processing Feedback ...