Mercies in Disguise: A Story of Hope, a Family's Genetic Destiny, and the Science That Rescued Them

Mercies in Disguise: A Story of Hope, a Family's Genetic Destiny, and the Science That Rescued Them

The phone rings. The doctor from California is on the line. “Are you ready Amanda?” The two people Amanda Baxley loves the most had begged her not to be tested—at least, not now. But she had to find out.If your family carried a mutated gene that foretold a brutal illness and you were offered the chance to find out if you’d inherited it, would you do it? Would you walk towa...

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Title:Mercies in Disguise: A Story of Hope, a Family's Genetic Destiny, and the Science That Rescued Them
Author:Gina Kolata
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ISBN:1250064341
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:272 pages

Mercies in Disguise: A Story of Hope, a Family's Genetic Destiny, and the Science That Rescued Them Reviews

  • Marika
    Aug 04, 2016
    Would you want to know if you carried an inherited gene that causes an incurable disease? A *prion disease ~ a class of diseases that are deadly neurodegenerative disorders with symptoms that start innocently, but progresses to an excruciating death for the afflicted, and for their family. This is t...
  • Diane S ☔
    Nov 17, 2016
    Having a neurological disease is challenging, I live with one, but having a neurological disease that no one can diagnose, that has no treatment, no cure is terrifying. Having the symptoms of both Parkinson disease and Alzheimer, the inflicted slowly degenerate until death mercifully claims them. Th...
  • Kate
    Nov 22, 2016
    I received an ARC from bookbrowse.com in exchange for an honest review. A variation of this review appears on their site. Decisions, decisions.... Medical science has advanced so rapidly over the past 40 years that the burden of making decisions about one's health has shifted from the medical profes...
  • Barbara
    Feb 25, 2017
    One by one, members of the Baxley family of Hartsville, South Carolina - respected members of the devoutly Christian community - were struck by a devastating neurodegenerative illness. The first victim was family patriarch Bill Baxley. Bill's symptoms began with a shuffling walk, which escalated to ...
  • David
    Feb 12, 2017
    ICY (like me) MI: The title “Mercies in Disguise” refers to the song “Blessings” by popular Christian singer-song writer Laura Story. The song won a Grammy in 2012 and topped the Billboard Christian Songs chart, according to Wikipedia. Listen to the song here.Invoking this song b...
  • Loring Wirbel
    Feb 26, 2017
    Those pesky prions have needed a popular-science storytelling for quite some time. Gina Kolata, arguably the best science and medicine writer at The New York Times, would seem just the person to do it. The problem is, this is not the definitive word on prions. We do get some pre-Prusiner coverage of...
  • Eve
    Mar 31, 2017
    3.7 stars. This non-fiction about the way one family discovers that they have an incurable fatal genetic disease and the choices that each one makes is a very interesting and quick read. The human stories are what make this book, much more so than than science of the disease, which the author descri...
  • Jeanette
    Apr 02, 2017
    The first 2/3rds of the book was a 5 star. The family story is from the inside perspective and in day to day, year to year as it happened in sequence- reactive reality. Utter bravery in telling the entire; feelings and physical suffering and gaps in understanding between family members (some perceiv...
  • Erin Cataldi
    May 15, 2017
    Kolata, Gina. Mercies in Disguise: A Story of Hope, A Family's Genetic Destiny, and the Science that Rescued Them. 7 CDs. unabridged. 8.5hrs. Recorded Books. ISBN 9781501945366. Narrative nonfiction doesn't get much better than this. Gina Kolata, a New York Times science reporter, brilliantly brings...
  • Marialyce
    May 04, 2017
    4.5 stars. This was a tragic yet amazing story of a family who learns eventually that a neurological disease is destroying their family. This disease relatively unheard of, is transmitted genetically and though it is found out many years after the fact, this disease had taken the life of many member...