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Tracing the shifting sands of 'medical genetics': what's in a name?
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20185084     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This paper focuses on the structural development of institution-based interest in genetics in Anglo-North American medicine after 1930 concomitantly with an analysis of the changes through which ideas about heredity and the hereditary transmission of diseases in families have passed. It maintains that the unfolding relationship between medicine and genetics can best be understood against the background of the shift in emphasis in conceptualisations of recurring patterns of disease in families from 'biological relatedness' to 'related to chromosomes and genes'. The paper begins with brief considerations of the historical confluences of, first, heredity and medicine and, second, genetics and medicine which, in a third section, leads to a discussion about a uniquely 'genetics-based approach' to medicine in the second half of the twentieth century.
William Leeming
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Historical Article; Journal Article     Date:  2010-02-06
Journal Detail:
Title:  Studies in history and philosophy of biological and biomedical sciences     Volume:  41     ISSN:  1879-2499     ISO Abbreviation:  Stud Hist Philos Biol Biomed Sci     Publication Date:  2010 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-02-26     Completed Date:  2010-05-20     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9810965     Medline TA:  Stud Hist Philos Biol Biomed Sci     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  50-60     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
Copyright 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Faculty of Liberal Studies, Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto, ON M5T 1W1, Canada.
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MeSH Terms
Genetic Predisposition to Disease / history*
Genetics, Medical / history*
History, 20th Century
North America

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