Life is a Blessing: A Biography of Jérôme Lejeune, Geneticist, Doctor, Father

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Ignatius Press, 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 155 pages
Jerome Lejeune was one of the most highly regarded geneticists of modern times. He discovered numerous sicknesses of genetic origin, of which Down Syndrome (Trisomy 21) is the best known, and he was an ardent defender of life and of the dignity of "those who are mentally wounded", as he called them, to whom he dedicated his entire life, his energy and his talents. Jerome Lejeune was a "sign of contradiction for our time" according to the words of Pope John Paul II. A man of faith, a man with heart, he was also a very great physician and an immensely gifted scientist.

His daughter Clara presents here the private man: the happy father of a family, surrounded by children and grandchildren, a great Christian marked by a discreet and radiant faith, a man of culture inspired with a great sense of humor, but above all a man of courage and of great relevance who knew how to live in harmony with himself and with those whom he loved, without ever abandoning the battle to defend the smallest (i.e. the pre-born) and the mentally handicapped. As a physician and a researcher, Jerome Lejeune would become involved in causes that would transform his life into a destiny.

A scientist well known on the international scene, he would remain a simple, good man, whose humility and bright eyes would impress all who spoke with him. Out of fidelity to his convictions, and because the mentally handicapped would always be his first concern, he would use his oratorical gifts and take up his pilgrim's staff to defend the life of the handicapped and the pre-born children, whom he called "Tom Thumb". This battle, which he would fight to his last ounce of strength, even if he thought that it was a lost cause, wouldcause the public to forget all of the essential scientific advances that we owe to him concerning the beginnings of human life, the origin of man and the history of species, and which make him one of the fathers of modern genetics.

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This memoir, written by Dr. Lejeune's daughter will move you to tears. Dr. Lejeune was a personal friend of Pope John Paul II. He is known for finding Trisomy 21, aka Down's syndrome. He was shunned by many in the scientific community for standing up for the unborn and disabled. Read full review

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