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The Continuing Relevance of America's Eugenic Legacy

University of Virginia. School of Medicine
Format
Online; Online Video; Video
Type
Filmed Lectures
Date
2017-03-29
Duration
1:00:21
Summary
The history of eugenics is often characterized as a cautionary tale of life in the bad old days, when pseudoscientific assumptions about genetic determinism provided a respectable veneer that enabled barely submerged racism, xenophobia, and blatant discrimination against persons with disabilities to take root in American law. Some argue that, today, our science is sound, our attitudes enlightened; we need not be hobbled by fear of long-expired bad eugenic habits. In this Medical Center Hour, Paul Lombardo, who has written extensively on eugenics and the law in America, challenges such assumptions, asserting that the same tendencies that led to a century of eugenic law and policy continue to inform our public debate over democratic values and the proper role of science as a tool for solving social problems. The Joan Echtenkamp Klein Memorial Lecture in the History of the Health Sciences Co-presented with the History of the Health Sciences Lecture Series, Historical Collections, Claude Moore Health Sciences Library
Creator
University of Virginia. School of Medicine
Moderator
Childress, Marcia Day
Speaker
Lombardo, Paul A.
Publisher
Claude Moore Health Sciences Library
Language
English
Collection
Medical Center Hour
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