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Genetic Rounds: A Doctor's Encounters in the Field that Revolutionized Medicine

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  251 ratings  ·  27 reviews
Renowned pediatrician and author Dr. Robert Marion, whose bestselling book "The Intern Blues" is revered by doctors of all ages, offers a powerful and moving account of his experiences in modern genetics. His gripping stories illuminate a cutting-edge field of impossible moral complexities and incredible scientific breakthroughs that draw him deep into the lives of his pat ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published October 6th 2009 by Kaplan Publishing (first published October 1st 2009)
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Shane Evans
Dec 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is great but not for the faint of heart. Luckily, I only read a chapter a day. Some of the stories are so heartbreaking, it takes time to process it all. The science is great, but the humanity is amazing. There are some remarkable folks out there and people who are facing troubles and struggles that dwarf anything I have ever encountered. Grit is a mysterious quality.
Allyson Brown
Jun 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
An interesting insight into the life of a clinical geneticist. Filled with all of the emotion and heartfelt stories of the families whose mysteries fill the pages.
Mallika Makkar
Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Quick and easy, yet highly illuminating read. Only note: author does a good job of explaining some medical/scientific concepts, yet does not go into much detail about others. This may create some confusion for readers who may be outside of the field, but given that the focus is more on the "human side" of disease, it shouldn't cause too much trouble. Otherwise, really enjoyed the book! ...more
Aug 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite medical reads.
Dec 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Oct 30, 2009 rated it liked it
Robert Marion has a job that most people would find a tad depressing. Dr. Marion is a pediatric geneticist. Like pediatric oncologists, Dr. Marion sees lots of very, very sick children. While it's true that in the 30 years since Dr. Marion began to practice his sprecialty, there has been an information boom in genetics, in most cases, there's still no effective treatment for genetic disorders and diseases. Perhaps that's why Dr. Marion writes that "the experience of working in this field for all ...more
Oct 01, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lots of interesting short stories about rare and interesting genetic case studies. He made this very easy for the layperson to understand. As I read his chapter on acute intermittant porphyria, I understood what he meant by dumb luck. We don't see this much at all in the USA, but I happened to remember studying about this in my hematology class, many years before I even decided to become a pharmacist. This lady comes into the pharmacy, with what I thought might be a blood disorder from her sympt ...more
Apr 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading it as its very accessibly written with a relatable human voice. It's for the layperson, though as a genetics professional I also thoroughly enjoyed it and could empathize with his feelings in the tough decision making and conflict.

Although it's about a clinical geneticist, many of the stories could have been written by a genetic counsellor. It's a great book for others to read and learn more about what it's like for the profession; I think next time someone wants to kno
Jul 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book is both fascinating and terrifying. Fascinating because 1) a "House" with an excellent bedside manner is a wonderful find. 2) His humanness is on clear display, showcasing his foibles as well as his successes (however, the book does have a touch of TMI) 3) The diagnostic process is a thing of wonder 4) It, like action movies, makes the reader think he can now walk around diagnosing people. 5) The field is just getting warmed up! Terrifying because 1) The book deals with literal death s ...more
Oct 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. It was a quick read that brought me right back to my masters degree in Genetic Counseling. In fact, some of the stories were quite familiar since they were gathered from older essays that I must have read or heard about. Several of the chapters made me put down the book and cry for those kids and families who struggled with terrible health issues, but overall the book was uplifting. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone considering going into genetic counseling or o ...more
Feb 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science, mystery
Robert Marion is the author of a number of excellent medical memoirs but has not published any books since the 1990s. Genetic Rounds, a collection of case histories from his experience as a clinical geneticist, is (almost) worth the wait. Some essays focus on the medical mystery aspect of his cases, while others are predominantly about ethical dilemmas or personal reflections. Overall, this is a very good book, but some of the cases will be familiar to readers of the Vital Signs column in Discov ...more
Dec 30, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommended to Becca by: Louisa
This is a very well-written book, but since I share the same job as Dr. Marion, it really just felt like a slice of my life. The cases designed to highlight extraordinary, rare diseases are very much part of my daily life. I was hoping for a little more insight into how our job shapes our lives and reflections regarding taking care of a population of patients that is almost entirely children with disabilities.
Jan 31, 2010 rated it liked it
A bit cheezily told given what important work this doctor does, helping families that have children with congenital diseases. I also thought he didn't do a good enough job giving more info about the field of genetics and its role in medicine, which I found disappointing, but probably the author's decision to leave all this stuff out was why I finished the book in 2 days. ...more
May 05, 2013 rated it liked it
Short stories about patients with various genetic illnesses. Very compassionately written, reminds me of Oliver Sacks, but much briefer and far less depth. Nice, easy read, but somewhat dated. I kept wondering how much of what he said is still correct (there are some postscipts noting that things have changed since the article was written).
3.5 stars
Mar 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
A few proofreading errors and not always the most eloquent of writing, but still an educational, interesting, and heartwarming book, especially for someone who, like me, is going into the field of genetics.
Elizabeth Nesbit-comer
Nov 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
A pretty interesting read into genetics and how the field has come a long way in the last 25 years. The children's cases are heart wrentching and inspiring.

This is a great read for fans of medical mysteries :)
Nov 17, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: medicine
Dr. Marion, a pediatric geneticist, shares a few of his experiences in working with very sick children. It's an interesting read in seeing how he deals with difficult ethical dilemmas while discussing the cause behind the genetic disorders. ...more
Dec 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
Really interesting! I learned about a whole bunch of things I didnt even know existed. Nice to see Marfan's syndrome in here, since Ive recently seen people with it. Anyway, really cool. Although, I was a little disappointed to see no reference to EDS! ...more
Etomby Namme
Jan 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
An excellent insight in the life of practising medic, shared through his experiences over the years that took him from graduate medic to genetic consultant. An easy read with plenty of inspiring anecdotes.
Jul 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Fascinating look at some gentic diseases.
Mar 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
A set of really poignant essays, including the story of Dr. Marion's experience with two patients whose story we've all heard about.
Extremely well written and edited.
Jan 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book greatly. It really opened my eyes to the "humanity" doctors experience in their practice. The information about genetic abnormalities was very interesting and informative. ...more
Feb 26, 2011 rated it liked it
Give it a 3.5, interesting short stories of peds patients/families by Dr. who's a pediatric geneticist. ...more
Feb 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a great book. Would really recommend it, fascinating insights into genetics, families, children, dr's and medical approaches in general ...more
Sep 22, 2009 rated it really liked it
read this one for freelance purposes a few months ago. interesting and informative without being lurid.
Jun 05, 2014 rated it liked it
Although I did not complete the book yet, I can tell that this was a great book. It contained a lot of inspiring stories about strange cases in genetics. I recommend it to any medical student
Feb 14, 2010 rated it really liked it
interesting look into the field of pediatric genetics. Not always a pretty picture...
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