Human Genetics: A Problem-Based Approach / Edition 3

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Overview

Human Genetics and Genomics, Third Edition, is the new rendition of the classic textbook Human Genetics: A Problem-Based Approach. Thoroughly updated and restructured, this brand new edition uses both a classic didactic approach to teach basic genetic concepts and a problem-based approach to demonstrate the clinical applications of genetics in medical practice. By combining both these approaches, Human Genetics and Genomics is suitable both as a textbook for genetics courses, and as a bridge into the clinical environment.

The third edition features greater emphasis on cutting edge technologies and the latest genetic issues, and a vast array of new pedagogy, such as:

  • Clinical snapshots covering major genetic disorders
  • Ethical Implications boxes discussing related ethical issues
  • Key summary points at the beginning of each chapter and Q&As at the end of each chapter for self-assessment
  • Hot topics covering new and emerging areas in genetics
  • Recommended reading for each chapter
  • A companion website at www.blackwellpublishing.com/korfgenetics

The book contains both black-and-white and two-color illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

Joel Charrow
This textbook of human genetics is organized around specific problems and cases. It is based on the author's experience teaching genetics to medical students at Harvard, where the preclinical curriculum emphasizes student-driven learning using a combination of lectures and problem-based tutorial exercises. It is intended to be used as a the companion textbook for a problem-based introductory course on human genetics. The book grew out of a medical school course and is clearly intended for medical students. Although it is a basic genetics book, it assumes familiarity with basic principles of biochemistry. The book is generously illustrated with 2-color diagrams and drawings and black-and-white photographs. Many of the diagrams are original, and they are well designed to supplement the text. Each chapter begins with a case, which is developed as the chapter goes on to discuss the relevant basic principles of genetics. After each chapter is a list of references for further reading and several review questions. The chapters also include insets, with a ""Perspective"" written by a family member or patient with the disorder being discussed. A glossary is included. This is a very interesting book, with a novel approach to presenting the subject of human genetics. Although it is not a book of genetic diseases, it uses specific genetic cases to explore fundamental principles of human genetics in an interesting, engaging, and highly readable way. By virtue of its organization around cases, the ""relevance"" of the material to medicine is always obvious. This looks like a fun way to teach genetics, and an even more fun way to learn it.
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Reviewer: Joel Charrow, MD (Children's Memorial Hospital)
Description: This textbook of human genetics is organized around specific problems and cases. It is based on the author's experience teaching genetics to medical students at Harvard, where the preclinical curriculum emphasizes student-driven learning using a combination of lectures and problem-based tutorial exercises.
Purpose: It is intended to be used as a the companion textbook for a problem-based introductory course on human genetics.
Audience: The book grew out of a medical school course and is clearly intended for medical students. Although it is a basic genetics book, it assumes familiarity with basic principles of biochemistry.
Features: The book is generously illustrated with 2-color diagrams and drawings and black-and-white photographs. Many of the diagrams are original, and they are well designed to supplement the text. Each chapter begins with a case, which is developed as the chapter goes on to discuss the relevant basic principles of genetics. After each chapter is a list of references for further reading and several review questions. The chapters also include insets, with a "Perspective" written by a family member or patient with the disorder being discussed. A glossary is included.
Assessment: This is a very interesting book, with a novel approach to presenting the subject of human genetics. Although it is not a book of genetic diseases, it uses specific genetic cases to explore fundamental principles of human genetics in an interesting, engaging, and highly readable way. By virtue of its organization around cases, the "relevance" of the material to medicine is always obvious. This looks like a fun way to teach genetics, and an even more fun way to learn it.

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780632046560
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/5/2006
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Meet the Author

Professor Bruce R. Korf, Department of Genetics, University of Alabama, Birmingham, Alabama, USA
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Table of Contents

PART ONE: BASIC PRINCIPLES OF HUMAN GENETICS.

1 DNA Structure and Function.

2 Genetic Variation.

3 Patterns of Inheritance.

4 The Human Genome.

5 Multifactorial Inheritance.

6 Cell Division and Chromosomes.

7 Population Genetics.

8 Cancer Genetics.

PART TWO: GENETICS IN MEDICAL PRACTICE.

9 Chromosome Translocation.

10 Molecular Diagnosis.

11 Newborn Screening.

12 Developmental Genetics.

13 Carrier Screening.

14 Genetic Risk Assessment.

15 Genetic Testing for Risk of Cancer.

16 Pharmacogenetics.

17 Gene Therapy.

Answers to Review Questions.

Glossary.

Index

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