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The Troubled Helix: Social and Psychological Implications of the New Human Genetics

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7039.1174a (Published 04 May 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1174
  1. D J Weatherall

    M Marteau, M P M Richards Cambridge University Press, £35, pp 355 ISBN 0 521 46288 6

    Books about the “new genetics” continue to pour into medical book-sellers. Never, it seems, has any advance in human biology brought with it such high hopes for the future mixed with so many dire concerns about its misuse. When The Troubled Helix arrived on my desk I wondered how there possibly could be anything new to be said about the past, present, or future of medical genetics.

    Despite its title, however, The Troubled Helix is not yet another compendium of doom and gloom. Rather, it is a serious attempt to present both the …

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