brandon_scott (brandon_scott) wrote,
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A Patient‘s Psalm

Found this and busted up laughing, had to share it with you all.
A Patient‘s Psalm

The Lord is my Genetics Counselor, I shall not want for risks.
He maketh me to lie down in genealogies; he nondirects me beside karyotypes.
He restoreth my inborn errors; he leads me in the paths of reproduction for my name‘s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of amniocentesis or under the shadow of fetoscopy,
I will fear no evil: for thou, the Greatest Good of the Greatest Number, art with me;
thy chromosome counts and thy enzyme assays they comfort me.
Thou preparest multiphasic screening before me in the presence of my illnesses:
thou anointest my head with check-ups;
my profile runneth over.
Surely mutations and heterozygosity shall follow me all the days of my life;
and I shall dwell in the house of computerized biomedical information forever.

-Paul Ramsey, JAMA, March 13, 1972.
To put it in context, Mr. Ramsey says this in jest when speaking about genetic engineering and "playing God."
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