The untold story of how hereditary data in mental hospitals gave rise to the science of human heredity. Before we knew about genes doctors pointed to heredity as a cause for madness and they along with government officials became obsessed with preventing families of the insane from reproducing. Madhouse e unknown history of human heredity which tells the unknown story of genetics in the madhouse the unknown history of human heredity. Buy genetics in the madhouse 9780691164540 the unknown history of human heredity nhbs theodore m porter princeton university press. Weve all been taught how genetics got its start in mendels pea patch but the real story is more complicated and a lot more interesting in genetics in the madhouse theodore porter chronicles some of the early history of heredity not in gardens but in asylums
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