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The Emergence of Blood Science -- "Contagious Blood" in German Fiction and Early Blood Science -- Origins of Serology -- The Volkisch Notion of "Blood Defilement" -- Seroanthropology -- Jewish Physicians and Blood Science -- Postwar Blood Science -- Seroanthropology in the Early 1920S : Blood, Race, and Eugenics -- Frigyes Verzar and Oszkar Weszeczky : Seroanthropological Research in Hungary -- Surveying "Native Germans" -- Blood Type and Genetic Inferiority -- Volkisch Research -- Organizing seroanthropology : the Establishment of the German Institute for Blood Group Research -- Otto Reche and Racial Anthropology -- The German Institute for Blood Group Research -- Seroanthropology at its Height : Distinguishing Those with "Pure Blood" -- Studies of "Native Germans" -- Biased Research -- The Jew as Examiner and Examined -- Manoiloff's "Serochemistry" and Jewish Blood -- Seroanthropological Analysis of Jews -- Volkisch Propaganda -- Jews and Seroanthropology -- Blood as Metaphor and Science in the Nuremberg Race Laws -- Seroanthropology in 1933 -- Proponents of Seroanthropology -- Racial "Reform" under Nazism -- "Blood Defilement" -- Diverse Means of "Blood Defilement" -- Seroanthropological Research in the Third Reich -- The German Institute for Blood Group Research -- The Pedagogy and Practice of Seroanthropology During World War II -- Seroanthropology and National Socialist Medicine -- Seroanthropological Research -- Seroanthropology and Nazi Racial Ideology -- Clinical Serology.
Explores the course of development of German seroanthropology from its origins in World War I until the end of the Third Reich. Gives an all encompassing interpretation of how the discovery of blood groups in around 1900 galvanised not only old mythologies of blood and origin but also new developments in anthropology and eugenics in the 1920s and 1930s. Boaz portrays how the personal motivations of blood scientists influenced their professional research, ultimately demonstrating how conceptually indeterminate and politically volatile the science of race was under the Nazi regime.
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