2011-03-01 -- America’s Embrace of Eugenics

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America’s Embrace of Eugenics History 451 March 1, 2011 Prof. November
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Evolution and Medicine Many aspects of 20 th century medicine are grounded in the theory of evolution Eugenics Treatment of viral and bacterial infections Genomic medicine Darwin embraced by American physicians Our understanding of evolution has evolved Darwinism vs. neo-Darwinism
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Malthus on Population Thomas Malthus, Essay on the Principle of Population (1798) Precepts: World has limited resources We consume those resources to survive and propagate As population increases, so does scarcity Scarcity leads to fierce competition between individuals Only those able to secure resources will survive Scarcity is God’s way of keeping humans from becoming lazy
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Origin of Species (1859) Darwin’s argument : An analogy can be drawn between artificial selection (i.e. breeding) and what occurs in nature Scarcity causes natural selection Individuals within species compete
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This note was uploaded on 06/02/2011 for the course HIST 451 taught by Professor November during the Spring '11 term at South Carolina.

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