But Is He Genetically Diseased?
Rothstein, Mark A.
Hastings Center Report. 1992 Jul-Aug; 22(4, Suppl.): S18-S20.
In this case study, Mr. X, a recovering alcoholic, asks his physician to determine whether there is a genetic component to his alcoholism. His employer has learned of his condition and has told Mr. X that he will be dismissed immediately should he display any signs of alcoholic behavior. Mr. X believes that if he can make a strong enough case that his alcoholism is genetic, he may be able to forestall dismissal. How should his physician counsel him? Commenting on the case are Paul Billings, chief of a medical center's genetic medicine division; Mark A. Rothstein, director of a health law and policy institute; and Abby Lippmann, a professor of epidemiology and biostatistics. (KIE abstract)
Alcohol Abuse; Behavioral Genetics; Case Studies; Confidentiality; Counseling; Discrimination; Employment; Epidemiology; Genetic Counseling; Genetic Disorders; Genetics; Genetic Screening; Health; Health Insurance; Insurance; Illness; Law; Legal Aspects; Medicine; Occupational Medicine; Physicians; Prognosis; Public Policy; Self Induced Illness; Social Impact; Uncertainty;
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