In Am I My Genes?, the psychiatrist and ethicist Dr. Robert L. Klitzman plunges readers into the world of genomic medicine as it exists today: a barely mapped terrain of immense overlapping uncertainties...this book should make compelling reading for anyone considering genetic testing for these or any other conditions: It provides an instant community of fellow travelers along with a sophisticated moderator."
-Abigail Zuger, M.D., New York Times
"Am I My Genes?
should be required reading for students of genetic counseling--and for people facing the challenges of genomic health in their own lives." -- Michael A. Goldman, Science Magazine
"The greatest strength of the book is the detail and nuance it offers based on in-depth interviews andKlitzman's careful parsing of the different issues the interviewees face.... As Klitzman concedes, he has "raised more questions than [he has] wholly answered." But that is his goal: "to illuminate the wide range of complexities and challenges
that genetics can pose, to help ready us--as individuals and as a broader society-- for the onslaught of genetic information that is fast approaching, whether we want it or not" (321). Klitzman has succeeded in brightly illuminating those challenges." -- Sonia M. Suter, GeorgeWashington University Law School, The American Journal of Bioethics
"The book provides a novel window into the world of regular people facing unprecedented problems in the new world of genetic technologies, and the author is correct in noting that we have a lot to learn from these pioneers." -- DOODY'S
About the Author
Robert Klitzman is Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and the Director of the Masters of Bioethics Program at Columbia University. He co-founded and for five years co-directed the Columbia University Center for Bioethics, and is the Director of the Ethics and Policy Core of the HIV Center. He is the author of When Doctors Become Patients, A Year-long Night: Tales of a Medical Internship, In a House of Dreams and Glass: Becoming a Psychiatrist, and other works.