Book Review: Am I My Genes? Confronting Fate and Family Secrets in the Age of Genetic Testing

Robert Klitzman’s “Am I My Genes?” explores a key question facing individuals in a genetic age: How does my genetic profile shape who I am and, in turn, what I believe? In-depth interviews with 64 people who have, or are at risk for, three diseases with identified genetic components (i.e., Huntington’s disease, breast and . . . → Read More: Book Review: Am I My Genes? Confronting Fate and Family Secrets in the Age of Genetic Testing

Book Review — “After the Cure: The Untold Stories of Breast Cancer Survivors”

“After the Cure” by medical historian Emily Abel and medical sociologist Saskia Subramanian is an important contribution to the understanding of survivorship, not as an identity so much but as a lived experience. it is about life after cancer treatment ends (if it ends) and the lingering or latent side effects. While some cancer . . . → Read More: Book Review — “After the Cure: The Untold Stories of Breast Cancer Survivors”

Book Review — “Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History”

Exhaustively researched and highly readable, science journalist Florence Williams’ latest book describes the remarkable and largely uncharted ecology of women’s breasts. Yes, ecology. It turns out that human breasts are in fact a complex and adaptable ecosystem, with a unique ability to tune in and respond to the world around them. Research has only . . . → Read More: Book Review — “Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History”