Studies in Biology, Economy and Society

The Galton Institute is concerned with the interdisciplinary study of the biological, genetic, economic, social and cultural factors relating to human reproduction, development and health in the broadest sense. The Institute has a wide range of interests which include the description and measurement of human qualities, human heredity, the influence of environment and the causes of disease, genetic counselling, the family unit, marriage guidance, birth control, differential fertility, infecundity, artificial insemination, termination of pregnancy, population problems and migration. As a registered charity, the Institue does not propagate particular political views, but it does seek to foster respect for human variety and to encourage circumstances in which the fullest achievement of individual human potential can be realised. Most generally, the Institute seeks to advance understanding of biosocial matters by enabling biologists, clinicians, demographers, sociologists and other professionals to work together in a mutually productive manner. Each year, the Institute mounts a two-day symposium in which a topic of current importance is explored from differing standpoints, and during which the Galton Lecture is delivered by a distinguished guest. The proceedings of the symposia since 1985 constitute the successive volumes of this series, Studies in Biology, Economy and Society. The balance between disciplines varies with the nature of the topic, but each volume contains authoritative contributions from diverse biological and social sciences and an editorial introduction.

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