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Icons of Life: A Cultural History of Human Embryos

Lynn Morgan


This book tells the story of an early twentieth-century undertaking, the Carnegie Institution of Washington's project to collect thousands of embryos for scientific study. The book blends social analysis, sleuthing, and humor to trace the history of specimen collecting. In the process, it illuminates how a hundred-year-old scientific endeavor continues to be felt in today's fraught arena of maternal and fetal politics. Until the embryo collecting project—which the book follows from the Johns Hopkins anatomy department, through Baltimore foundling homes, and all the way to China—most people had ... More

Keywords: Carnegie Institution, Washington, embryos, specimen collecting, Johns Hopkins, Baltimore foundling homes, China, embryology, Gertrude Stein, fetus

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780520260436
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520260436.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lynn Morgan, author