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Mercies in disguise : a story of hope, a family's genetic destiny, and the science that rescued them

Author: Gina Bari Kolata
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2017. ©2017
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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The phone rings: the doctor has the results. "Are you ready Amanda?" The two people Amanda Baxley loves the most had begged her not to be tested. But she had to find out. If your family carried a mutated gene that foretold a brutal illness and you were offered the chance to find out if you'd inherited it, would you do it? Would you walk toward the problem, bravely accepting whatever answer came your way? Or would  Read more...
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Kolata, Gina Bari, 1948-
Mercies in disguise.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2017
(DLC) 2016044044
(OCoLC)966082972
Named Person: Baxley family; Baxley family.
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Gina Bari Kolata
ISBN: 9781250123992 1250123992
OCLC Number: 978294057
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 1 online resource (viii, 262 pages)
Contents: Part I: A disease. The prophecy ; "No goddamn bastard on earth has ever seen a disease like this thing" ; Revelation ; An uncertain inheritance ; Truth like science fiction ; Birthright ; Insomnia ; Naming the problem ; No return ; Tested --
Part II: Amanda Baxley: the next generation. A life transformed ; Options ; A foreign land ; The envelope ; Of two minds ; A unique way ; "We have no other options" ; Prescription fertility ; New lives ; Carrying forth.
Responsibility: Gina Kolata.

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A work of narrative nonfiction in the tradition of the The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Mercies in Disguise tells the story of a family that took matters into its own hands when medicine could  Read more...

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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 Read more...

 
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