Genetic Rounds: A Doctor's Encounters in the Field that Revolutionized Medicine

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The best-selling author of The Intern Blues shares extraordinary medical detective stories from his 30-year career as a top pediatric geneticist.

“…part medical detective story, part scientific tour de force, and part highly personal and emotional story…”

- Perri Klass, MD, author of Treatment Kind and Fair: Letters to a Young Doctor

“…[Robert Marion] is a sympathetic advocate for his patients who lucidly interprets complex medical conditions for lay readers.”

- Publishers Weekly

“…a straightforward, and often poignant, collection of true stories.”

- American Journal of Human Genetics

Dr. Robert Marion is revered throughout the world of medicine as both an eloquent writer and an esteemed caretaker. In Genetic Rounds, Dr. Marion challenges common assumptions about how genetics can and should be used in pediatric medicine, and what moral dilemmas are associated with the field.

Genetic Rounds is a vivid and compelling portrait of the patients Dr. Marion has encountered throughout his career. He tells their stories of triumph, tragedy, elegance, and grace. In these personal and engrossing tales, Dr. Marion renders the human face of medicine with unforgettable candor and compassion.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Although he's often uncomfortable about it, as a clinical geneticist, Marion (The Intern Blues) examines his patients' genetic secrets—information they sometimes don't reveal even to close relatives—in order to help them make family planning decisions . His ability to solve medical mysteries can be a blessing: after a mother is accused of child abuse, Marion is able to use genetic analysis to diagnose brittle bone disease in the baby and to help return the infant to her mother. But his diagnostic skills become a curse when he tells his former college roommate that his toddler isn't just a slow starter but likely has Bardet-Biedl syndrome: the enraged friend never speaks to Marion again. In a headline-making case, he tries to explain why a pair of twins joined at the head lack speech. Although his short pieces lack the depth and finesse of essays by other physician-writers like Oliver Sachs, and Marion's case studies would frighten even the steeliest of would-be parents, Marion, director of clinical genetics at Montefiore Medical Center and Blythedale Children's Hospital in New York State, is a sympathetic advocate for his patients who lucidly interprets complex medical conditions for lay readers. (Oct.)
Library Journal
Marion (pediatrics, obstetrics, & gynecology, Albert Einstein Coll. of Medicine; The Intern Blues) here aims to give readers insight into the experiences and role of clinical geneticists. In his practice, Marion must deliver the devastating news to parents that their child has a genetic disease that often may have no cure. His essays show the human and emotional side of genetics and focus on the areas of ethical dilemmas, medical mysteries, and aspects of life in academic medicine he has encountered through clinical experience. VERDICT This book will appeal greatly to geneticists, ethicists, medical students, and many in the health-care field. Marion's clear, considered writing and explanations of complex medical terms will also make it accessible to laypersons interested in clinical genetics. Highly recommended.—Dana Ladd, Community Health Education Ctr., Virginia Commonwealth Univ. Libs. & Health Syst., Richmond
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781607144601
  • Publisher: Kaplan Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/6/2009
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.26 (h) x 1.19 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Marion, M.D., is a professor of pediatrics and obstetrics and gynecology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, New York, is the director of clinical genetics at both the Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx and Blythedale Children's Hospital, Valhalla, New York. He is the author of six published books, including the best-selling and timeless classics The Intern Blues and Learning to Play God: The Coming of Age of a Young Doctor.

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  • Posted December 5, 2009

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    Genetic Rounds

    This is an interesting book which takes some of the patients that Dr. Marion has seen in his practice of genetics and gives their stories. The book is easy to read yet gives enough of the scientific detail to be interesting. It touches on the families and their lives and struggles with their loved ones diagnoses.

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