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39th Historia Medica Lecture - Gar Allen

Speaker:  Garland E. Allen, Ph.D.
Lecture Title:  “Biology of Elimination: Eugenics and the Consequences of Genocentrism, 1900-1945”
Location:  Bernard Becker Medical Library, King Center, 7th floor
Time:  Thursday, September 11, 2014, 4:30 pm

A free lecture supported by the Becker Library and the Center for History of Medicine

Gar Allen, PhDDr. Gar Allen, Professor of Biology at Washington University, will present the 39th Historia Medica Lecture.  His presentation will focus on Eugenics Movements in the early decades of the twentieth century, which developed rapidly after the rediscovery of Mendel’s work in 1900.  The movement sought to explain, and ultimately solve, a number of societal problems (alcoholism, manic depression, “feeblemindedness,” pauperism) on the basis of defective genes within the human population.  This genocentric approach focused on social policies that would reduce or eliminate
      Garland E. Allen, Ph.D.         reproduction by individuals deemed to bear genetic defects.  The talk will
                                                        examine the consequences of this use of science to solve social
                                                        problems.

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