All God's Mistakes by Charles L. Bosk
Genetic Counseling in a Pediatric Hospital

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In one case after another, Charles L. Bosk reveals the process by which parents, physicians and other health professionals come to guide decisions about pregnancies. A story of both extraordinary drama and ordinary routine, this is a pioneering case study of authority and control in a pediatric hospital, showing how genetic counselors work with colleagues and with parents to be, and how they deal with their powerlessness to control life-and-death decisions that they must address.

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Charles L. Bosk is professor of sociology at the University of Pennsylvania and the author of "Forgive and Remember: Managing Medical Failure" and "All God's Mistakes: Genetic Counseling in a Pediatric Hospital," both published by the University of Chicago Press.
Published September 15, 1992 by University Of Chicago Press. 222 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Professional & Technical, Science & Math, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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Although the genetic counselors Bosk describes here saw themselves as information specialists and value-neutral decision facilitators seeking to ensure patient autonomy, Bosk finds that this ideal was difficult to achieve in practice.

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