Medical Genetics for the Modern Clinician / Edition 1

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Overview

Medical Genetics for the Modern Clinician is a concise, clinically oriented introductory genetics text for medical and allied health students, residents, and clinicians. The book focuses sharply on concepts that are most applicable to clinical practice.

Ethics sections in each chapter discuss ethical issues facing today's practitioner, such as counseling, risk assessment, and testing. More than 120 illustrations help students visualize concepts. Each chapter ends with USMLE-style review questions.

Appendices include a glossary and a Table of Genes that lists all genes covered in the text by chapter. Faculty resources, case studies, and downloadable full-color images will be available on connection.LWW.com/go/westman.

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Reviewer: 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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780781757607
  • Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
  • Publication date: 3/28/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.98 (w) x 9.92 (h) x 0.31 (d)

Table of Contents


  • CHAPTER 1: GENETICS IN THE PRACTICE OF MEDICINE

  • From Genetics to Genomics
  • Genetics and Preventive Medicine
  • Ethical Issues in Medical Genetics
  • USMLE-Style Questions

    CHAPTER 2: DNA STRUCTURE, FUNCTION, AND REPLICATION: A REVIEW

  • Basic Structure of DNA
  • Tertiary Structure of DNA
  • Mitochondrial DNA
  • Cell Cycle
  • Meiosis
  • USMLE-Style Questions

    CHAPTER 3: CYTOGENETICS: MICROSCOPIC GENETICS

  • Chromosome Morphology, Nomenclature, and Karyotyping
  • Techniques in Molecular Cytogenetics
  • Numerical Chromosomal Abnormalities
  • Structural Abnormalities
  • Mosaicism
  • Prenatal Clinical Techniques in Cytogenetics
  • USMLE-Style Questions

    CHAPTER 4: MOLECULAR GENETICS: GENE STRUCTURE, ORGANIZATION, AND CONTROL

  • Gene Structure
  • From Gene to Product
  • Genome Organization
  • Epigenetics
  • Clinically Relevant Laboratory Techniques
  • USMLE-Style Questions

    CHAPTER 5: Changes and Repair at the Molecular DNA Level

  • Mutations
  • DNA Repair Mechanisms
  • SMLE-Style Questions

    CHAPTER 6: MENDELIAN INHERITANCE: OBSERVATION OF PHENOTYPES

  • Pedigree Construction
  • Inheritance Patterns
  • Genetic Counseling
  • Risk Assessment Based on Pedigree Analysis
  • Hardy-Weinberg Equilibrium
  • Prenatal Diagnosis of Mendelian Disorders
  • USMLE-Style Questions

    CHAPTER 7: UNEXPECTED PHENOTYPES IN MENDELIAN DISORDERS: MOLECULAR EXPLANATIONS

  • Variations in Dominant Phenotypes
  • Variations in Recessive Phenotypes
  • Variations in X-linked Phenotypes
  • Mitochondrial Inheritance
  • False Paternity
  • USMLE-Style Questions

    CHAPTER 8: CANCER GENETICS

  • Genes and Cancer
  • Multistep Evolution in Cancer
  • Cancer Risk Assessment Counseling
  • Oncogenes
  • Tumor Suppressor Genes
  • USMLE-Style Questions

    CHAPTER 9: COMPLEX DISEASES

  • Threshold Model
  • Modifier Genes
  • Tools for Study of Complex Diseases
  • Congenital Complex Diseases
  • Adult-Onset Complex Diseases
  • USMLE-Style Questions

    CHAPTER 10: DEVELOPMENTAL GENETICS

  • Dysmorphology
  • Embryologic Development and Control Mechanisms
  • USMLE-Style Questions

    CHAPTER 11: INDIVIDUALIZED MEDICINE

  • Pharmacogenomics
  • Individualized Drug Therapies
  • Disease Susceptibility
  • USMLE-Style Questions

    CHAPTER 12: GENE THERAPY

  • Viral Vectors
  • Nonviral Vectors
  • USMLE-Style Questions

    Appendix: Answers to USMLE-Style Questions

    Appendix: Glossary

    Appendix: Table of Genes Referenced

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