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Medical genetics and scientific expertise in Switzerland in the 1940s.
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PMID:  12400055     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
In Switzerland, the first course in human genetics for physicians was organized during World War II. The topic had less to do with human genetics than with eugenics, however. After this course, bitter opposition was forthcoming from physicians. The second course was held in quite a different context. The war was almost over and the Swiss authorities had to prove that they were on the side of the Allies. As eugenics was deemed to be a Nazi science, opposition to it became stronger. Given this context, the proponents of human genetics changed their discourse. This article explores how this debate on human genetics influenced not only the discourse on this science, but also human genetics practices in postwar Switzerland.
Marc Geiser
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Historical Article; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  American journal of medical genetics     Volume:  115     ISSN:  0148-7299     ISO Abbreviation:  Am. J. Med. Genet.     Publication Date:  2002 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-10-25     Completed Date:  2003-03-18     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7708900     Medline TA:  Am J Med Genet     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  94-101     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright 2002 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
Institute for the History of Medicine and Health, University of Geneva, Switzerland.
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MeSH Terms
Biomedical Research / history
Genetics, Medical / history*
History, 20th Century

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