9780195077315-0195077318-The Black Stork: Eugenics and the Death of "Defective" Babies in American Medicine and Motion Pictures since 1915

The Black Stork: Eugenics and the Death of "Defective" Babies in American Medicine and Motion Pictures since 1915

ISBN-13: 9780195077315
ISBN-10: 0195077318
Edition: 1
Author: Pernick, Martin S.
Publication date: 1996
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Format: Hardcover 295 pages
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ISBN-13: 9780195077315
ISBN-10: 0195077318
Edition: 1
Author: Pernick, Martin S.
Publication date: 1996
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Format: Hardcover 295 pages

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Acknowledged authors Pernick, Martin S. wrote The Black Stork: Eugenics and the Death of "Defective" Babies in American Medicine and Motion Pictures since 1915 comprising 295 pages back in 1996. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 0195077318 and 9780195077315. Since then The Black Stork: Eugenics and the Death of "Defective" Babies in American Medicine and Motion Pictures since 1915 textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price or rent at the marketplace.

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In the late 1910s Dr. Harry J. Haiselden, a prominent Chicago surgeon, electrified the nation by allowing the deaths of at least six infants he diagnosed as "defectives". He displayed the dying infants to journalists, wrote about them for the Hearst newspapers, and starred in a feature film about his crusade. Prominent Americans from Clarence Darrow to Helen Keller rallied to his support. Martin Pernick tells this captivating story--uncovering forgotten sources and long-lost motion pictures--in order to show how efforts to improve human heredity (eugenics) became linked with mercy killing, as well as with race, class, gender and ethnicity. It documents the impact of cultural values on science along with the way scientific claims of objectivity shape modern culture. While focused on early 20th century America, The Black Stork traces these issues from antiquity to the rise of Nazism, and to the "Baby Doe", "assisted suicide" and human genome initiative debates of today.

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