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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Luis F. Escobar, MD, MS (St. Vincent Hospital and Health Care Center)
Description: This is the second edition of an entry level introduction to basic human genetics. The previous edition was published in 1999.
Purpose: The author accomplishes the difficult task of describing the complex field of human genetics in simple terms. The book is designed to provide undergraduate and early graduate students a guide to a systematic review of human genetics in general, with an emphasis on molecular genetics technology. This wonderful review succeeds in presenting a complex field at a comprehensible level that will not intimidate readers unfamiliar with it.
Audience: The author intends this book for early learners, but it also represents a tremendous guide for teachers and instructors of human genetics courses. Advance students in graduate school may find it a remarkable source to review the basic concepts of human genetics in preparation for future learning or certification exams. This textbook should find fans in undergraduate programs, but also in medical schools.
Features: Although the early chapters deal with basic concepts, subsequent chapters provide a wonderful review of more complex subjects such as molecular aspects of muscle, mitochondrial, eye, and neurologic disorders. Each chapter is followed by a helpful summary and review questions that help quick memorization of information. All is supported by a magnificent selection of illustrations.
Assessment: Congratulations are due to the author for providing a wonderful and useful textbook of human molecular genetics.