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The Management, Treatment, and Prevention of Genetic Disease 

The Management, Treatment, and Prevention of Genetic Disease
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The Management, Treatment, and Prevention of Genetic Disease
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Peter S. Harper

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780195187502.003.0015_update_001

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date: 18 November 2019

The origins and nature of the eugenics movement internationally are described and the abuses of genetics resulting from it examined. While originating in Britain in the late 19th century and developing most widely in America, its nadir was seen in Nazi Germany, and it fell into disrepute thereafter. The growth of modern medical genetics, along with associated scientific developments, has raised concerns as to whether they may provide the basis for future abuses; the book considers that this is not currently likely provided that those in the field and elsewhere are cautious, informed and ethically sensitive to these valid and important concerns.

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