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Reviewer: Joel Charrow, MD (Children's Memorial Hospital)
Description: This is the second edition of an introductory text on medical genetics covering the basic structure and organization of the human genome, the basic principles of genetics, and the relationships between genes and human disease. This edition provides a welcome expansion and update of the previous edition, which was published in 1990.
Purpose: It is intended to present the basic principles of medical genetics and their application to clinical medicine, although there is clearly greater emphasis on the former than on the latter. It is not, and does not intend to be, a compendium of genetic disorders, but focuses instead on basic principles.
Audience: The authors appropriately describe this book as being of greatest value to first and second year medical students. It may have some value to residents and other physicians who wish to "review" basic principles of genetics.
Features: It is attractively crafted and very nicely illustrated with numerous two-color illustrations and black-and-white photographs. The illustrations very effectively supplement the text. Two pages of color plates illustrate a variety of applications of fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH). The references are current and appropriate in number and content for the audience, as current review articles and book chapters are frequently cited. At the end of the book there is a very nice glossary and set of study questions (and answers), organized by chapter.
Assessment: Many basic topics in genetics are clearly and concisely presented, particularly in the area of molecular genetics. Important discussions of relatively new topics in genetics, e.g. genomic imprinting, mitochondrial inheritance, and expansion of trinucleotide repeats are included. The coverage of biochemical genetics is more limited, and several important biochemical "themes" are discussed very briefly or not at all (e.g., gene dosage, large- and small-molecule substrate accumulation, haploinsufficiency, dominant negative effects, etc.). The coverage of many important clinical topics is also patchy, with very brief discussions of the mechanisms underlying congenital anomalies, syndromes and sequences, and therapy of genetic diseases. Several topics important to clinical geneticists, but which are not strictly genetic (e.g., teratogens) are not covered at all. It will be most useful as a medical student text, as intended. The above criticisms not withstanding, this remains one of the best texts in its class.
Joel Charrow
This is the second edition of an introductory text on medical genetics covering the basic structure and organization of the human genome, the basic principles of genetics, and the relationships between genes and human disease. This edition provides a welcome expansion and update of the previous edition, which was published in 1990. It is intended to present the basic principles of medical genetics and their application to clinical medicine, although there is clearly greater emphasis on the former than on the latter. It is not, and does not intend to be, a compendium of genetic disorders, but focuses instead on basic principles. The authors appropriately describe this book as being of greatest value to first and second year medical students. It may have some value to residents and other physicians who wish to ""review"" basic principles of genetics. It is attractively crafted and very nicely illustrated with numerous two-color illustrations and black-and-white photographs. The illustrations very effectively supplement the text. Two pages of color plates illustrate a variety of applications of fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH). The references are current and appropriate in number and content for the audience, as current review articles and book chapters are frequently cited. At the end of the book there is a very nice glossary and set of study questions (and answers), organized by chapter. Many basic topics in genetics are clearly and concisely presented, particularly in the area of molecular genetics. Important discussions of relatively new topics in genetics, e.g. genomic imprinting, mitochondrial inheritance, and expansion of trinucleotide repeats are included. Thecoverage of biochemical genetics is more limited, and several important biochemical ""themes"" are discussed very briefly or not at all (e.g., gene dosage, large- and small-molecule substrate accumulation, haploinsufficiency, dominant negative effects, etc.). The coverage of many important clinical topics is also patchy, with very brief discussions of the mechanisms underlying congenital anomalies, syndromes and sequences, and therapy of genetic diseases. Several topics important to clinical geneticists, but which are not strictly genetic (e.g., teratogens) are not covered at all. It will be most useful as a medical student text, as intended. The above criticisms not withstanding, this remains one of the best texts in its class.
Booknews
Presents the basic principles of medical genetics and their newest application to clinical medicine, with an emphasis on molecular genetics. Intended primarily for first-to second-year medical students studying medical genetic s, physicians whose training preceded current advances in medical genetics, and allied health professionals. Abundant b&w illustrations, a few color plates. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Presents the basic principles and their application to clinical medicine. The emphasis is on molecular genetics, the area providing the major impetus to the development of medical genetics, especially in the areas of diagnosis and prevention of disease. Primarily for first or second year medical students taking a course in the subject. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780683034455
  • Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
  • Publication date: 12/28/1997
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 410
  • Product dimensions: 8.52 (w) x 10.97 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Preface to the First Edition
1 The Role of Genetics in Medicine 1
2 Structure and Behavior of Genes and Chromosomes 9
3 Mendelian Inheritance 23
4 Population Genetics and Multifactorial Inheritance 43
5 Molecular Genetics: Gene Organization, Regulation, and Manipulation 61
6 Molecular Genetics of Human Disease: Hemoglobinopathies 91
7 Biochemical and Molecular Genetics of Human Disease 117
8 Cytogenetics 153
9 Anatomy of the Human Genome: Gene Mapping, Linkage and Positional Cloning 195
10 The Human Genome Project 231
11 Cancer Genetics 245
12 Clinical Genetics 273
13 Gene Therapy 311
14 Ethical Considerations 329
Glossary 341
Study Questions and Answers 351
Index 395
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2001

    One of the best medical genetics textbooks I have read to date

    If you're not clued up on your heterozygotes, or your isochromosomes, or if you haven't the foggiest who Gregor Mendel is, you need to catch up on your genetics and this is the book to do it with. This textbook is designed to give both medical student and doctor a clear understanding of the principles of genetics and how these apply to modern day medicine. It is one of the best textbooks I have ever read on the topic, starting from the very basics and building on that knowledge, packing a great deal into such a slender 400 page paperback, including lots of diagrams, photographs and case studies to illustrate themes and genetic conditions highlighted in each chapter. The book deals with the role of genetics in medicine and the statistics of population genetics concisely yet competently, as well as scrutinising the genetics behind human disease. Modern day issues are dedicated their own chapters, including cytogenetics, the methods behind the Human Genome Project and cancer genetics, clinical genetics and gene therapy and the ethics of genetic medicine. I was delighted to see these topics being covered so thoroughly in such an accessible format, unlike many other genetic textbooks. In addition, time-starved medical students with too much to do will appreciate how this book splits major topics into subtitled sections in each chapter so you can quickly assess what the chapter contains and access that information as soon as you need it, as the chapters are not just blocks of text that must be deciphered. Additional features of this book are that key terms are highlighted in bold and are defined in a comprehensive detailed glossary. The book has a section with study questions and answers which address material in each chapter but some questions also apply to principles learned to evoke thinking, analysis and discussion. The book makes strong links between genetics and medicine, something which needs to be appreciated as advances in genetics becomes all the more involved in the way we treat patients and their conditions. To summarise, I would recommend this book to anyone who will encounter genetics in medicine, students and beyond, as it is easy to read, accessible and highly relevant.Definitely worth checking out.

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