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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Patricia Power, MS (British Columbia Children's Hospital)
Description: This aptly named book is the collective effort of an impressive and lengthy list of contributors.
Purpose: The book reminds us of the broader implications of genetics in medicine. Although the use of technology in the understanding of human development, disease, and therapy has been brilliant, the authors revisit the bioethical and social science of genetic research. They define and redefine society, community, and the individual with strength and empathy. They approach and remark on areas of long-standing political debate and recognize the inherent complexities. This book contains an awe-inspiring amount of information and by and large fulfills its lofty aims.
Audience: The readership is limitless; the book has something for everyone and can be enjoyed by all. Given the book's objectives, the stunning and scholarly list of contributors from varied disciplines is not surprising.
Features: The book is very dense but exceptionally well written and presented. The authors address the major social and ethical themes relating to genetics in medicine. The descriptive and illustrative ideas used to convey broader dilemmas are excellent. The immensely helpful introduction is followed by chapters that are equally as strong and stand on their own. The overall quality and appearance of the book is fantastic. The uniqueness of this book lies in the comprehensive yet concise presentation of ideas and debates in a field where few books dare to go.
Assessment: This is a wonderful collaborative accomplishment. It is a success.