Medical Genetics

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The field of medical genetics in the United States has multiple origin stories. This chapter presents a historical account of the emergence of medical genetics. Heredity clinics, which were started in the 1940s, brought together geneticists and clinicians to provide medical information and encourage eugenic decision making. Human cytogenetic analysis during the late 1950s led to the association of multiple clinical disorders with visible chromosomal abnormalities. In 1960, Victor McKusick, who had founded the Division of Medical Genetics at Baltimore, started the annual Short Course in Medical and Mammalian Experimental Genetics to educate physicians in genetics. In 1966, the prenatal diagnosis of chromosomal disorders became central to the growth of medical genetics. With the introduction of large-scale genetic sequencing into medical practice in recent years, genetic counseling and medical genetics have developed increasingly close ties with the private sector.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationA Companion to the History of American Science
Publisherwiley
Pages147-159
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781119072218
ISBN (Print)9781405156257
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 10 2015

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Medical Genetics
Cytogenetics
Heredity
Prenatal Diagnosis
1950s
Medical Practice
Visible
Decision Making
Sequencing
Clinicians
Private Sector
Physicians
Genetic Counseling
Clinic
1940s

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  • Arts and Humanities(all)

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Hogan, A. J. (2015). Medical Genetics. In A Companion to the History of American Science (pp. 147-159). wiley. https://doi.org/10.1002/9781119072218.ch12

Medical Genetics. / Hogan, Andrew J.

A Companion to the History of American Science. wiley, 2015. p. 147-159.

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Hogan, AJ 2015, Medical Genetics. in A Companion to the History of American Science. wiley, pp. 147-159. https://doi.org/10.1002/9781119072218.ch12
Hogan AJ. Medical Genetics. In A Companion to the History of American Science. wiley. 2015. p. 147-159 https://doi.org/10.1002/9781119072218.ch12
Hogan, Andrew J. / Medical Genetics. A Companion to the History of American Science. wiley, 2015. pp. 147-159
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