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The Practical Guide to the Genetic Family History

The Practical Guide to the Genetic Family History

Robin L. Bennett

ISBN: 978-0-471-45914-9

Apr 2004

272 pages

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The Practical Guide to The Genetic Family History Robin L. Bennett Compiling the most recent genetic developments in medical specialties, The Practical Guide to the Genetic Family History is a valuable resource which outlines the proper methods for taking and recording a patient's family medical history, allowing primary care physicians to be more efficient in diagnosing conditions with potential genetic components. With genetic screening forms, an overview of directed questions, pedigree nomenclature, and outlining common approaches used, genetic counselor Robin L. Bennett provides readers with the basic foundation in human genetics necessary to recognize inherited disorders and familial disease susceptibility in patients. As the only guide which is geared for the physician in this field, The Practical Guide to the Genetic Family History includes remarks by renowned medical geneticist Arno Motulsky, as well as information on structuring an accurate pedigree and its components, including:
* Using a pedigree to identify individuals with an increased susceptibility to cancer
* Family history, adoption, and their challenges
* The connection between the pedigree and assisted reproductive technologies
* Making referrals for genetic services
* Neurological and neuromuscular conditions
* Tables covering hearing loss, mental retardation, dementia, and seizures
* Five case studies of genetics in practice
An essential reference for genetics clinics, medical geneticists, and counselors, The Practical Guide to the Genetic Family History is also an invaluable aid for both primary care and specialist physicians who need an up-to-date reference that emphasizes both the science and art of modern clinical genetics.
The Language of the Pedigree.

Practical Inheritance.

Getting to the Roots: Recording the Family Tree.

Directed Medical-Genetic Family History Queries: Separating the Trees from the Forest.

Using a Pedigree to Recognize Individuals with an Increased Susceptibility to Cancer.

Medical Verification of a Family History.

The Challenge of Family History and Adoption.

The Pedigree and Assisted Reproductive Technologies.

Making a Referral for Genetic Services: Where to Turn and What to Expect.

Pedigree Predicaments.



"this is a unique extremely practical handbook that should have a wide application." (Human Genetics, Vol 106, 2000)