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There is no denying that new technology, which has triggered an explosion of scientific information, is ushering in a revolution in medicine—for specialists, general practitioners and the public. Anyone can spit in a cup and, for a small fee, learn about his or her individual genetic make-up. But how useful is this information, really, to us or to our doctors? What’s more, how much do we truly want to know—and have others know—about our possible destiny? There is more than we can imagine at stake.
In An Immense New Power to Heal, authors Lee Gutkind and Pagan Kennedy delve into the personal side of personalized medicine and offer the physician’s perspective and the patient’s experience through intimate narratives and case studies. They also offer an intriguing background of the personalized medicine movement including the fascinating personalities of the key scientists involved as well as a glimpse into the in-fighting that accompanies any race for a scientific breakthrough. The result is a highly engaging, lively, and provocative discussion about this revolution in health care, and most importantly, what it really means for patients now and in the future.
"Gutkind's reporting captures the individual quirks of the scientists...it gives a solid sense of what's going on in the field."—Publishers Weekly
“A wild book…[A] crazy suspense story . . . fascinating stuff.”—Jon Stewart, host of The Daily Show
“Dramatic, moving account of transplantation patients and the technology involved.” —Publishers Weekly
“A fascinating look at the emotional and physical complexities of a harrowing process.”—Booklist