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Book and Media Reviews
November 8, 2006

Genetic Medicine

Author Affiliations

Book and Media Reviews Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA.

JAMA. 2006;296(18):2263-2268. doi:10.1001/jama.296.18.2264-b

As we stand on the brink of the much-anticipated era of genetic medicine, we would be wise to consider some crucial questions. Will the practice of genetic medicine—the tests, the therapies, the tailoring of treatments to one's personal genetic makeup—be generally acceptable to consumers? Or will this new genetic revolution be received differently and present unique challenges in different religious, ethnic, and cultural settings? In The Troubled Dream of Genetic Medicine, medical historians Keith Wailoo and Stephen Pemberton use the tools of historical analysis to attempt some answers.