Books by Daniel Jussim

DOUBLE TAKE by Daniel Jussim
Released: April 1, 2001

Jussim (AIDS & HIV, not reviewed) explores the lives and psychology of twins at a time when recent medical interventions are causing more multiple births. Stories of identical, fraternal, same sex, different sex, very young twins, and old twins are told in journalistic style with quotations, photographs, and descriptions of the subjects. Scientific information and the social and psychological factors pertinent to multiple births are clearly explained and woven into these stories. One chapter tells of twins who were separated at birth, find each other, and learn, to their amazement, how similar they are. Conjoined twins are treated historically; information about successful surgeries to separate the babies is contrasted with the dangers of the procedures that may lead to the death of one or both of them. Two sets of pairs who remain conjoined are presented as happy, functioning adults and children. Twins marrying twins and stories about multiples, including the Dionne quintuplets round out the information. Black-and-white photographs accompany the text and captions in red lend some graphic interest. This informal and workmanlike title lacks a glossary, index, or credits. The recently published Twin Tales by Donna Jackson (p. 259) covers the same ground, including many of the same subjects, and is more attractively packaged. (Nonfiction. 9-13)Read full book review >

This entry in the "Issues for the 90s" series emphasizes issues that teen-agers find relevant: Can a minor refuse chemotherapy? Can courts force an adolescent to get permission for an abortion? Who has rights, fetus or mother? Where do moral values fit in? Free-lance writer Jussim explains key concepts that ethicists sweat over (e.g., beneficence and paternalism); widely reported cases like the Karen Ann Quinlan story form the background of each balanced investigation. Jussim makes it clear that it's always hard to make a decision, whether the issue is surrogate motherhood, economic or social factors in transplants, or the possibility that doctors may not be required to take every patient. Approaches of philosophers and medical ethicists are incorporated here while public cases take center stage. Referring in a more focused way to behind-the-scenes cooperation between ethicists and health professionals might have made this interesting book still more compellingly provocative. Notes, sources, and relevant organizations with each chapter. Appendix listing eight landmark court cases; index. Read full book review >