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Reconstructing Robert Edwards: biography and the history of reproduction

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Hopwood, Nicholas 

Abstract

This review assesses Roger Gosden’s authorized biography of Robert Edwards (1925–2013), the in vitro fertilization (IVF) pioneer who founded this journal. It reflects on the challenges of placing Edwards in the history of studying reproduction, especially the rise of interest in infertility. It analyses Gosden’s narrative choices and practices of reconstruction, in particular of experiences of seeing human eggs, embryos and fetuses. And it suggests that further research should explore the full spectrum of communication around Edwards with a view to illuminating the roles of scientists in transforming reproduction and to feeding back into a richer view of his life.

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Biography, History of reproduction, IVF, Infertility, Robert Edwards, England, Fertilization in Vitro, History, 20th Century, Humans, Infertility, Reproductive Medicine

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Reproductive BioMedicine Online

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1472-6483
1472-6491

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Elsevier BV