History of Human Genetics

Aspects of Its Development and Global Perspectives

  • Heike I. Petermann
  • Peter S. Harper
  • Susanne Doetz

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Heike I. Petermann, Peter S. Harper, Susanne Doetz
    Pages 1-4
  3. Workshops on the History of Human Genetics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 5-5
  4. Beginning of Human Genetics

  5. Genetics and Medicine

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 73-73
    2. Stephen Snelders, Charles D. Kaplan, Frans J. Meijman, Toine Pieters
      Pages 105-114
    3. Ricardo Noguera-Solano, Rosaura Ruiz-Gutierrez, Juan Manuel Rodriguez-Caso
      Pages 115-131
  6. Countries

  7. Gene Mapping

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 263-263
    2. Alan R. Rushton
      Pages 265-274
    3. Malcolm A. Ferguson-Smith
      Pages 275-284
  8. Narrated History

  9. Genetic Counselling

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 337-337
    2. Maria Björkman, Anna Tunlid
      Pages 339-366
    3. Jean-Paul Gaudilliere
      Pages 567-576

About this book


Written by 30 authors from all over the world, this book provides a unique overview of exciting discoveries and surprising developments in human genetics over the last 50 years.

The individual contributions, based on seven international workshops on the history of human genetics, cover a diverse range of topics, including the early years of the discipline, gene mapping and diagnostics. Further, they discuss the status quo of human genetics in different countries and highlight the value of genetic counseling as an important subfield of medical genetics.


Human Genetics history technologies methods clinical genetics

Editors and affiliations

  • Heike I. Petermann
    • 1
  • Peter S. Harper
    • 2
  • Susanne Doetz
    • 3
  1. 1.Institut für Ethik, Geschichte und Theorie der MedizinWestfälische Wilhelms-UniversitätMünsterGermany
  2. 2.Institute of Medical GeneticsCardiff UniversityCardiffUnited Kingdom
  3. 3.Institut für Geschichte der Medizin und Ethik in der MedizinCharité-UniversitätsmedizinBerlinGermany

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