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Storm Over Biology

Essays on Science, Sentiment and Public Policy



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Storm Over Biology: Essays on Science, Sentiment and Public Policy by Bernard D. Davis
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This book had its genesis in Dr. Davis' remarkable editorial in the "New England Journal of Medicine" that sharply criticized medical schools for lowering their standards of admission to fill minority quotas and ultimately risking the lives of patients. Davis' position (widely held, but seldom articulated) is that the standard of medical care is an even higher ideal than the redress of past racial injustice. A passionate battle is now being fought in our universities over the freedom to pursue ideals of objectivity and intellectual freedom that are incompatible with the mandates of a pragmatic social policy."Storm Over Biology" examines many of the areas where scientific and social interests intersect and often conflict, such as genetic engineering and sociobiology. The essays are grouped under six headings: genetics, racism and affirmative action; objectivity and science; evolution - sociobiology, ethics, and molecular genetics; medical education and affirmative action; public concern over science; and genetic engineering.
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April 1st, 1986
Country of Publication
United States
Prometheus Books
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