Heredity and Hope
The Case for Genetic Screening
Ruth Schwartz Cowan
Harvard University Press, $27.95, 304 pp.
In Heredity and Hope, Ruth Schwartz Cowan, professor of history and sociology of science at the University of Pennsylvania, has written an informative and readable history of genetic screening. She walks the reader through the complex and sometimes controversial practices that have created the new field of genetic medicine. As for the claim in the subtitle, The Case for Genetic Screening, well, on that score: caveat lector!
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Francis Kane is professor emeritus at Salisbury University and co-director of its Institute for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement. He is the author of Neither Beasts nor Gods (Southern Methodist University Press).