The Meddlers

The Meddlers

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  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 120 x 180mm
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Corgi Childrens
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0552087750
  • 9780552087759

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A reasonably well-written if somewhat thin-lipped attempt to show that nature must be left to pursue its own course and that hormones are stronger than genes. George Briant, an experimental geneticist, has a subsidized project through which he is able to incubate a test tube baby in the most propitious of circumstances. Once born, the infant is removed from its cerebral mother Miriam, kept in a monitored environment and wired for all kinds of data, although it must be breastfed by a nurse, Miss Quinn. The women however are not liberated from their biological endowment: Miriam is the victim of a postpartum depression and a newly released sexuality; and Miss Quinn runs away with her charge who dies of cold and suffocation. . . . More science than fiction, more issue than involvement since the novel has scanted the same human element Dr. Briant overlooked. (Kirkus Reviews)show more