Theodore Porter’s contribution to this discussion, Genetics in the Madhouse: The Unknown History of Human Heredity, takes a much broader perspective on the eugenics-genetics divide. Instead of seeing eugenics as either a founding contaminant in genetics, or as a temporary aberration in psychiatric science, Porter looks at the much longer history of data collection within the primary sites for psychiatry over several centuries: asylums or mental hospitals.
Laura D. Hirshbein, MD, PhD
Laura Hirshbein is a professor of psychiatry at the University of Michigan and the author of American Melancholy: Constructions of Depression in the Twentieth Century (2009) and Smoking Privileges: Psychiatry, the Mentally Ill, and the Tobacco Industry in America (2015), both published by Rutgers University Press.
Posts by Laura D. Hirshbein, MD, PhD
Part of Lake Charles, Louisiana, is gone.