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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Luis F. Escobar, MD, MS (St. Vincent Hospital and Health Care Center)
Description: This is an excellent condensation of clinical genetics material oriented to the medical student audience. It is a great review tool for the USMLE candidates with helpful evaluations at the end of each chapter in the form of USMLE type questions.
Purpose: Dr. Westman provides a needed tool to help in the review of clinical genetics information in a concise form. The book presents a quick description of the essential facts that a medical student is required to know as basic preparation for clinical practice. This book provides an easy to use and comprehensive review of clinical genetics highlighting important facts needed to perform well on the USMLE.
Audience: The review is written in simple language, making complicated scientific facts easy to digest and retain. The well written summary of clinical genetics would make this a useful tool not only to medical students preparing for boards, but also for genetic counseling students preparing for their national certification.
Features: This book presents a broad review of medical genetics with a particular emphasis on clinical genetics. From the basic science of cell cycling to recent information in complex issues such as cancer genetics, the review is well done. The chapter on unexpected phenotypes in Mendelian disorders provides concise information about unusual mechanisms the affect the traditional thinking of Mendelian genetics. The table of currently known genes associated with pathology is a great reference for medical students.
Assessment: Similar books are available, but very few are in an easy to read writing style that helps students to understand a complex subject. In addition, this book serves as a companion guide for any course in basic medical genetics, not only for medical students but also graduate students and genetic counseling candidates. Clearly, this book would deserve further editions as the field expands.