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Eugenics And Modern Biology: Critiques Of Eugenics, 1910-1945, Garland E. Allen May 2011

Eugenics And Modern Biology: Critiques Of Eugenics, 1910-1945, Garland E. Allen

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Eugenics in most western countries in the first four decades of the twentieth century was based on the idea that genes control most human phenotypic traits, everything from physical features such as polydactyly and eye color to physiological conditions such as the A-B-O blood groups to mental and personality traits such as “feeblemindedness”, alcoholism and pauperism. It assessing the development of the eugenics movement – its rise and decline between 1900 and 1950 – it is important to recognize that its naïve assumptions and often flawed methodologies were openly criticized at the time by scientists and non-scientists alike. This paper …