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Author Notes:

Correspondence: Timothy P. Jackson, Bishops Hall, Emory University, Atlanta GA 30322. Tel: 404-727-0818 (office). Email: tjack05@emory.edu


Research Funding:

I am grateful to the National Human Genome Research Institute for their support of the 2008 conference at Vanderbilt University, at which I first presented this paper (conference grant 1 R13 HG004689-01).


  • Charity
  • disease
  • evolution
  • gene
  • health
  • patient
  • selectionism
  • species

The patient as person in an increasingly gene-centric universe: How healthcare professionals should think about genomics and evolution


Journal Title:

American Journal of Medical Genetics Part C: Seminars in Medical Genetics


Volume 151C, Number 1


, Pages 89-94

Type of Work:

Article | Post-print: After Peer Review


In the past, the primary threat to the patient as person was a medical utilitarianism that would sacrifice the individual for the collective, that would coercively (ab)use a person for the sake of an in-group’s health or happiness. Today, the threat is not only from vainglorious social groups but also from valorized genes and genomes. An over-valuation of genes risks making persons seem epiphenomenal. A central thesis of this paper is that religious healthcare professionals have unique resources to combat this.

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© 2009 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

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