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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Irene Shetzline Jackson, M.A., CCC-SLP(Theraplay, Inc.)
Description: This book, the first of a two-volume set, describes the etiology and phenotype of velo-cardio-facial syndrome (VCFS) in detail.
Purpose: The authors state that their purpose is to provide a broad base of knowledge that spans a variety of specialties. These objectives are worthy in that VCFS is a complex disorder which requires a transdisciplinary model to provide best care. The authors met these objectives with this book.
Audience: The audience is professionals who work in diagnosing and treating individuals with this syndrome. The authors are internationally recognized specialists in the field. Dr. Shprintzen has defined a number of genetic disorders, including VCFS, and Dr. Golding-Kushner has researched the speech, language, and psychosocial aspects of VCFS.
Features: This book covers the history, phenotype, and genetics of VCFS and provides an overview of treatment areas that need to be addressed. The phenotype is discussed in depth, with each feature being well defined and demonstrated in pictures as appropriate. Treatment considerations are defined, but methods are not discussed. The accompanying DVD enhances learning by providing video clips of the various features of VCFS.
Assessment: Although it provides a wealth of information about the background and characteristics of VCFS, the book does not address treatment considerations in detail. This would be a good reference for geneticists or others diagnosing VCFS, but not for professionals who are providing therapy for individuals with VCFS.