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History of Human Genetics

Aspects of Its Development and Global Perspectives

Editors: Petermann, Heike I., Harper, Peter S., Doetz, Susanne (Eds.)

  • Unique overview of over 50 years of human genetics research
  • Covers topics from Mendelian genetics to gene mapping, neonatal screening and modern medical genetics.
  • Contributions from over 30 authors from all over the world
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About this book

Written by 30 authors from all over the world, this book provides a unique overview of exciting discoveries and surprising developments in human genetics over the last 50 years.

The individual contributions, based on seven international workshops on the history of human genetics, cover a diverse range of topics, including the early years of the discipline, gene mapping and diagnostics. Further, they discuss the status quo of human genetics in different countries and highlight the value of genetic counseling as an important subfield of medical genetics.

About the authors

Heike I. Petermann studied history and German literature at the Friedrich Alexander University in Erlangen. Her two main fields of interests are the history of anaesthesiology and the history human genetics. Since 2000 she has been secretary of the DGAI’s Arbeitskreis für Geschichte der Anästhesie. She was also member of editorial office of 55 years German Society of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine. Tradition and Innovation. In 2011 she started her own research project on the history of human genetics, funded by the DFG.  She has also been involved in organising international conferences.

Peter S. Harper was born in Barnstaple, UK, and was educated at Oxford University, with medical training in London. After clinical posts in neurology and paediatrics he entered the field of medical genetics and worked first in Liverpool with Cyril Clarke and then as research fellow with Victor McKusick at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore. After completing his doctoral thesis, in 1971 he founded and developed a medical genetics institute at the School of Medicine in Cardiff, Wales, where he continued his research on myotonic dystrophy, together with research on Huntington's disease and other neurogenetic disorders.His work has made a major contribution to our understanding of these and other disorders; he also developed a comprehensive medical genetics service for Wales. His many publications include Practical Genetic Counselling, which is now in its 7th edition and has been translated into numerous languages.In the past 15 years he has focused on documenting and preserving the history of human and medical genetics, founding the “Genetics and Medicine Historical Network” and publishing a number of books with a historical theme, including A Short History of Medical Genetics(2008).

Susanne Doetz studied medicine at the Humboldt Universität/Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin. She is a visiting scientist at the Institute of History of Medicine and Ethics in Medicine at the Charité in Berlin. Her research interests include the history of medicine during the time of National Socialism, and the history of eugenics and human genetics. Her current research project is titled “Establishing genetic counselling in the GDR in the area of conflict between science, politics and the public”, and is supported by the DFG (German Research Foundation).

 

 

Table of contents (32 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Petermann, Heike I. (et al.)

    Pages 1-4

  • The International Workshops on Genetics, Medicine and History: An Overview, 2003–2015

    Harper, Peter S. (et al.)

    Pages 7-38

  • Ancestral Concepts of Human Genetics and Molecular Medicine in Epicurean Philosophy

    Yapijakis, Christos

    Pages 41-57

  • Bateson and the Doctors: The Introduction of Mendelian Genetics to the British Medical Community 1900–1910

    Rushton, Alan R.

    Pages 59-71

  • Pedigrees and Prejudices: Pre-WWII Inherited Disease Classification at the US Eugenics Record Office

    Wilson, Philip K.

    Pages 75-89

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eBook $159.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-51783-4
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $209.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-51782-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
History of Human Genetics
Book Subtitle
Aspects of Its Development and Global Perspectives
Editors
  • Heike I. Petermann
  • Peter S. Harper
  • Susanne Doetz
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-51783-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-51783-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-51782-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 576
Number of Illustrations and Tables
7 b/w illustrations, 29 illustrations in colour
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