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Mercies in Disguise: A Story of Hope, a Family's Genetic Destiny, and the Science That Rescued Them by [Kolata, Gina]
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"[Kolata's] book recalls two other classic tales of medical anthropology, Rebecca Skloot’s The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks and Anne Fadiman’s The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down.” ―The Washington Post

"Mercies in Disguise is the true story of one family’s struggle with a rare and deadly inherited illness. Gina Kolata’s prose brings to life the science as well as the maverick scientists who solve the riddle. When a blood test can now predict who is destined to be an invalid while still young, and who is spared, we agonize with family members over whether we’d want such knowledge. Mercies in Disguise reads like a medical thriller; I simply couldn’t stop once I began.―Dr. Abraham Verghese, author of the New York Times bestseller Cutting for Stone

"Mercies in Disguise is an extraordinary medical mystery, scientific history and, above all, human drama. Once I started reading, I couldn't stop. Then, when I finished it, I couldn't stop thinking about the Baxleys and the choices they faced." ―Sylvia Nasar, author of A Beautiful Mind, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography

"Absorbing... the interweaving tales of science, family, and medical ethics make for a compelling read." ―Library Journal

"Gripping...Kolata's book reads like a medical thriller." ―Publishers Weekly

"A story that pits hope against fate, courage against uncertainty... Kolata delivers an inspiring chronicle of a remarkable family, medical advances, and redefining destiny." ―Booklist

About the Author

GINA KOLATA (M.A.) is a writer and medical reporter for The New York Times. She has previously written several books, including Flu, and edited collections of popular science writing. Ms. Kolata lives with her husband in Princeton, New Jersey.

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  • File Size: 1525 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; 1 edition (March 21, 2017)
  • Publication Date: March 21, 2017
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01L7BMGH0
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,018 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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