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From The CriticsReviewer: Luis F. Escobar, MD, MS (St. Vincent Hospital and Health Care Center)
Description: From evolution to human disease, Dr. Lewis presents a narrative of how genes influence human life in this wonderful book.
Purpose: The concise description of the basic concepts of human genetics helps readers gain an understanding of the more complex aspects of this field. Although the author does not indicate a particular audience, it is clear that with its simple language, the book is oriented to the general public as well as readers in disciplines related to human genetics, such as bioethics. This is a useful book for readers who do not practice medical genetics but want a general reference on the subject minus the complex technical language.
Audience: Many audiences can benefit from this fantastic work, from bioethicists looking to understand biological mechanisms that may influence decisions in care, to lawmakers and policymakers who desire to understand general concepts in human genetics. The book is appropriate for readers in the general public in search of the basic concepts of human genetics.
Features: In concise fashion, Dr. Lewis links the three basic areas of genetics, from evolution to the role of genes in human disorders to a general evaluation of the current technology for the treatment of genetic disorders in humans. She assesses the negatives and positives of different techniques, including gene therapy. The book is arranged in a logical sequence, with useful summaries at the end of each chapter and "what would you do" questions to provoke critical thinking. Of special interest to me is the section on genetics and genomic technologies.
Assessment: The approach Dr. Lewis takes in her book is unique. This is a well-done review that should be available to all who seek an explanation of the basic concepts of human genetics.