- Hardcover: 376 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (March 1, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0199837163
- ISBN-13: 978-0199837168
- Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 1.1 x 6.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,418,337 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Am I My Genes?: Confronting Fate and Family Secrets in the Age of Genetic Testing 1st Edition
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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.
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What this book does illustrate though are the five principles in Theofatalism(tm) (google it for reference.) Everything is happening as it must or it would be different, and there is only indefinite uncertainty about the future, and that awareness leads to necessary human anxiety. The only mature and healthy response to our present circumstances seems to be calm submission as expressed in these thoughts (wherever they come from): Accept what is because it must be necessary or it would be different, Detach from what you wish was different because nothing happens outside the will of God, Transcend the need for control because God is the potter and we are the clay, Do what you have to and believe what you must because free will is an illusion. Now, go outside and play. Theofatalism: Theology for Agnostics and Atheists