Readership: General public; Health care providers and students; students and scholars in such fields as: Law, Policy, Sociology (e.g., medical sociology, organizational sociology, sociology of work, sociology of science), Anthropology (e.g., medical anthropology); Psychology (e.g., clinical psychology, health psychology, decision-making),
History (e.g., oral history, history and philosophy of science,), Journalism, Creative non-fiction writing, Ethics (narrative medicine, doctor-patient relationships and relationships, professionalism).
Robert L. Klitzman, M.D., Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, and Director of the Masters of Bioethics Program at Columbia University
Robert Klitzman is a Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, and the Director of the Masters of Bioethics Program at Columbia University. He co-founded and for five years co-directed the Columbia University Center for Bioethics, and is the Director of the Ethics and Policy Core of the HIV Center. Author of When Doctors Become Patients, A Year-long Night: Tales of a Medical Internship, In a House of Dreams and Glass: Becoming a Psychiatrist, and other works.
Part I: Introduction
Chapter I: Embarking on genetic journeys: Introduction
Part II: Genes in the family
Chapter II: "Do I want to know?": Testing decisions
Chapter III: "Whom should I tell?": Disclosures and testing in families
Part III: Genes in the mind: Understanding genetics
Chapter IV: Genetic test as Rorschach: Questions of "why me?"
Chapter V: "Am I my genes?": Genetic identities
Chapter VI: "Lightning doesn't strike twice": Myths and misunderstandings about genetics
Part IV: Genes in the clinic
Chapter VII: "What should I do about my genes?": Deciding on treatment
Chapter VIII: "Passing it on?": Reproductive choices
Chapter IX: "There's only privacy if you make it": Problems with privacy and insurance
Part V: Genes in the wider world
Chapter X: "Keep it in the family?": Other disclosures beyond kin
Chapter XI: "Crossing over": Entering genetic communities
Chapter XII: "Testing everyone?": Gene politics
Part VI: Conclusions
Chapter XIII: Genes in everyday life