Emery's Elements of Medical Genetics / Edition 11

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This highly popular textbook of medical genetics covers both the scientific basis and clinical applications of genetics. It remains well written and easy to understand — two of its key strengths for more than 30 years. For this new edition, the content has been thoroughly updated to keep abreast of this fast-changing area. A brand new illustration program has been specially designed for this new edition to help students understand difficult concepts and retain information.

The book contains predominantly black-and-white illustrations, with some color and two-color illustrations.

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Reviewer: Michael Raff, MD (University of Washington School of Medicine)
Description: The 11th edition of this book remains a lucid introduction and helpful review of basic human genetic principles and their relevance to clinical medicine. This edition updates the 1998 edition in this rapidly growing and increasingly relevant area of medical science.
Purpose: The authors seek to provide a manageable introductory-level book that is sound in basic human genetics and relevant to medical practice. They also hope to convey the sense of progress that keeps this area of medical science and clinical practice exciting. A chapter on ethical issues is included.
Audience: The book is intended primarily for undergraduate and medical students who need to cover large amounts of material in a finite amount of time. Other audiences, such as practicing clinicians, genetic counselors, and graduate students, are also anticipated. Overall, this book succeeds, as it has in past editions, in providing the elements of medical genetics in an accessible form.
Features: The book is divided into three sections. The first reviews the foundational principles of human genetics — including chapters on nucleic acids, chromosomes, patterns of inheritance, developmental genetics, and population genetics. The remaining two sections apply these principles to human disease. Each chapter is divided into sections and subsections with relevant and comprehensible headings. Throughout are well conceived diagrams, tables, and photographs — all significantly revised from the previous edition. Every chapter concludes with a half-page (or less) recapitulation of the key points ("elements"). This distinguishing feature is particularly helpful for targeted reading and for examination review. A glossary is included at the book's end. The illustrations provide an excellent extension to the descriptions and concepts outlined in the text.
Assessment: Clear and stylistically consistent from beginning to end, the book provides a solid, up-to-date overview of the field. Since its first edition in 1968, Emery's has been in the company of an increasing number of similarly fashioned introductory level textbooks. Publications in the last three years include: Thompson and Thompson Genetics in Medicine, 6th edition, by Nussbaum et al. (W.B. Saunders, 2001); Human Genetics: A Problem-Based Approach, 2nd edition, by Korf (Blackwell Publishing, 2000); Clinical Genetics: A Short Course by Wilson (John Wiley & Sons, 2000); Basic Concepts in Medical Genetics: a Student's Survival Guide by Horwitz (McGraw-Hill, 2000); and Medical Genetics, 2nd edition, by Jorde et al. (Mosby, 1999). Given the adequacy of each of these books, personal preference for a particular style might lead an individual to any one of these books. Emery's is slightly shorter than the average among these and the only one with a comprehensive recapitulation at the end of each chapter (although Jorde et al. has a one to two sentence summary at the end of each subsection in each chapter). In short, this book is one of the better brief books on medical genetics and is amenable to quick reading.
Teresa A. Hadro
This is the ninth edition of a basic primer in genetics first published in 1967. The authors provide a comprehensive survey of the basics of medical genetics in a palatable format. Intended for medical students and clinical practitioners who seek a review of aspects of genetics relevant to their own disciplines, the book does not overwhelm with facts but rather tempts the reader with discussions of major concepts that provide a context for applications of genetics in medicine. The authors do a remarkable job of presenting summaries of the latest developments in genetic technology with clarity and brevity. The same lucid style is applied to their discussions of population genetics concepts and recurrence risk calculations. Good quality illustrations abound and are especially helpful in the molecular genetics sections. Photographic representations of patients with genetic disorders were chosen with care and truly illustrate cardinal features of syndromes. There is a particularly comprehensive glossary at the book's end. This book provides a useful introduction to medical genetics for those new to the study of medicine and a quick refresher of the basics of genetics for individuals more experienced in clinical practice. Bibliographic references are scarce. Those that are offered are presented as further readings rather than as documentation of the text. Because of this, the book does not belong on the reference shelf. However, it is an excellent introductory book and should find a home in the library's general medicine section, in the medical student's book bag, and on the shelves of those who teach others about genetics.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780443071256
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 5/4/2001
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 11
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 10.78 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Sect. A Principles of human genetics 1
1 The history and impact of genetics in medicine 3
2 Cellular and molecular basis of inheritance 9
3 Chromosomes 23
4 Recombinant DNA technology 45
5 Developmental genetics 67
6 Patterns of inheritance 77
7 Mathematical and population genetics 91
8 Polygenic and multifactorial inheritance 105
Sect. B Genetics in medicine 113
9 Heamoglobin and the haemoglobinopathies 115
10 Biochemical genetics 127
11 Pharmacogenetics 143
12 Immunogenetics 151
13 The genetics of cancer 163
14 Genetic factors in common diseases 181
15 Genetics and congenital abnormalities 193
Sect. C Clinical genetics 205
16 Genetic counselling 207
17 Chromosome disorders 215
18 Single gene disorders 233
19 Carrier detection and presymptomatic diagnosis 245
20 Risk calculation 253
21 Prenatal diagnosis of genetic disease 261
22 Population screening and community genetics 269
23 New developments: gene therapy and the human genome project 277
24 Ethical considerations 287
Glossary 293
Index 305
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