News & Agenda

 

 

News & Agenda

 

 

Stevin seminar #24

Room: VU HG 12A-24

Date: Friday 16 June 2017

Time: 15:45-17:00 hr.

 

The Unknown History of Human Heredity: Asylums, Data, and Eugenics

 

Theodore M. Porter

 

When did the data of human heredity become an obsession? The great obsession of human genetics ca. 1910 was the inheritance of mental illness and mental disability. Asylum doctors developed tools to investigate the families of their patients, calculated probabilities of mental illness in offspring based on their ancestry, compiled pedigrees of insanity, and adopted filing technologies based on data cards. The new statistics and the new genetics of the early twentieth century grew from data and research methods from these institutions.

 

Theodore Porter is professor of history at the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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