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In the early 1800s, physicians in asylums began to keep records of their patients, and pointed to heredity as the most important cause of ‘madness’. This led to doctors and state officials attempting to curb the reproduction of the insane amid high levels of anxiety in society. In this podcast, Theodore Porter talks to Raj Persaud about his book ‘Genetics in the Madhouse’, discussing the history of data collection and its important links with eugenics and studies of genetics.
Date published: 25 September 2018
Presenter: Dr Raj
Interviewee: Professor Theodore
Audio running time: 30 minutes
By the end of this podcast, we hope you will have
gained an understanding of:
the nature of data collection and record-keeping in 19th
the practices followed by 19th century physicians to curb the
spread of insanity
the eugenics movement and the issues physicians should be aware
of in modern-day studies of genetics.
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