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The Practical Guide to the Genetic Family History
     

The Practical Guide to the Genetic Family History

by Robin L. Bennett
 

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Helps you develop and assess pedigrees to make diagnoses, evaluate risk, and counsel patients

The Second Edition of The Practical Guide to the Genetic Family History not only shows how to take a medical-family history and record a pedigree, but also explains why each bit of information gathered is important. It provides essential support in diagnosing

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Helps you develop and assess pedigrees to make diagnoses, evaluate risk, and counsel patients

The Second Edition of The Practical Guide to the Genetic Family History not only shows how to take a medical-family history and record a pedigree, but also explains why each bit of information gathered is important. It provides essential support in diagnosing conditions with a genetic component. Moreover, it aids in recommending genetic testing, referring patients for genetic counseling, determining patterns of inheritance, calculating risk of disease, making decisions for medical management and surveillance, and informing and educating patients. Based on the author's twenty-five years as a genetic counselor, the book also helps readers deal with the psychological, social, cultural, and ethical problems that arise in gathering a medical-family history and sharing findings with patients.

Featuring a new Foreword by Arno Motulsky, widely recognized as the founder of medical genetics, and completely updated to reflect the most recent findings in genetic medicine, this Second Edition presents the latest information and methods for preparing and assessing a pedigree, including:

  • Value and utility of a thorough medical-family history

  • Directed questions to ask when developing a medical-family history for specific disease conditions

  • Use of pedigrees to identify individuals with an increased susceptibility to cancer

  • Verification of family medical information

  • Special considerations when adoptions or gamete donors are involved

  • Ethical issues that may arise in recording a pedigree

Throughout the book, clinical examples based on hypothetical families illustrate key concepts, helping readers understand how real issues present themselves and how they can be resolved.

This book will enable all healthcare providers, including physicians, nurses, medical social workers, and physician assistants, as well as genetic counselors, to take full advantage of the pedigree as a primary tool for making a genetic risk assessment and providing counseling for patients and their families.

Editorial Reviews

Human Genetics
this is a unique guide...an extremely practical handbook that should have a wide application.
Booknews
Outlines methods for taking and recording a patient's family medical history, allowing primary care physicians to be more efficient in diagnosing conditions with potential genetic components. Provides a basic foundation in human genetics necessary to recognize inherited disorders and familial disease susceptibility, and shows how to create a family pedigree. Also covers making referrals for genetic services, what to expect from a genetics consultation, and how to obtain medical records and death certificates. Includes sample forms, a list of Internet resources, and five case studies. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
From the Publisher
"this is a unique guide...an extremely practical handbook that should have a wide application." (Human Genetics, Vol 106, 2000)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781118209813
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
09/20/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
384
File size:
5 MB

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From the Publisher
"In conclusion, this book is an invaluable resource which will enable clinical geneticists, counsellors, primary care and specialist physicians, as well as nurses, medical social workers, and physician assistants to take full advantage of the information and strategies provided. This will enable them to prepare and establish a family pedigree as a primary tool for making a genetic risk assessment and providing counselling for patients and their families." (Sultan Qaboos University Medical Journal, December 2010)

Meet the Author

Robin L. Bennett has been a genetic counselor in the genetics clinic at the University of Washington Medical Center for over 20 years. She has proven and award-winning expertise in helping patients, families, and her colleagues at all levels deal with the multitude of practical, logistical, psychological, and diagnostic issues that are a day to day part of genetic counseling.

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