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The Gale Encyclopedia of Genetic Disorders
     

The Gale Encyclopedia of Genetic Disorders

by Brigham Narins
 

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This clearly written, well-organized reference has been designed to be accessible to the non-specialist interested in learning about genetic disorders. Among the over 430 entries are several on topics essential to the understanding of genetics, including chromosomes, genetic counseling, and genetic testing. Each entry includes a definition, description, image of the

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This clearly written, well-organized reference has been designed to be accessible to the non-specialist interested in learning about genetic disorders. Among the over 430 entries are several on topics essential to the understanding of genetics, including chromosomes, genetic counseling, and genetic testing. Each entry includes a definition, description, image of the genetic profile, and discussion of the disorder's demographics, signs and symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and management, and prognosis. A list of print and electronic resources concludes each entry. Inset boxes contain definitions of key terms. Volume 2 contains a glossary, chromosome map, and organizations list. Color photos and drawings are included throughout. The contributors include medical writers, genetic counselors, and academics and practitioners in genetics and medicine, who are mainly in the US and Canada. Annotation ©2005 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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Designed primarily for lay readers but also useful for professionals, this second edition (the first came out in 2002) offers thorough and well-structured coverage of more than 400 conditions with genetic origins or connections, among them the well known (e.g., Down syndrome, sickle cell disease) and the lesser known (e.g., neuraminidase deficiency, cadasil). It also includes entries, such as "Gene Mutations" and "Oncogene," that explain or amplify concepts important to understanding the broad topic of genetics. The entries range from 1500 to 5000 words in length, with each including the following subheadings: "Definition," "Description," "Genetic Profile," "Demographics," "Signs and Symptoms," "Diagnosis," "Treatment and Management," "Prognosis," and "Prevention." Most entries are accompanied by a box containing key terms with definitions specific to that entry as well as a list of resources-books, periodicals, organizations, and web sites. Some entries have pedigree charts, explained by a symbol guide at the front of each volume; others, such as "Muscular Dystrophy," that encompass a variety of conditions are briefly discussed under the broader term where readers might logically look for them as well as in individual entries. The text was written by 89 contributors, ranging from medical students to genetic counselors to medical school professors, and was supervised by an eight-person advisory board. Along with the index, which includes an abundance of See and See Also references, this volume contains 200 full-color photographs, a chromosome map, an alphabetical compilation of the organizations mentioned in the text, and an extensive glossary with definitions for lay readers. Bottom Line The disorders receive more detailed coverage here than in James Wynbrandt and Mark D. Ludman's Encyclopedia of Genetic Disorders and Birth Defects. Recommended for public, academic, and medical libraries. [This title is available in e-book format through Gale Virtual Reference Library.-Ed.]-Dick Maxwell, Porter Adventist Hosp. Lib., Denver Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Reviewer: Luis F. Escobar, MD, MS (St. Vincent Hospital and Health Care Center)
Description: This is a detailed compilation of genetic information, describing n basic terms and simple language rare conditions as well as common disorders of genetic origin. The simplicity of the text and figures makes this an easy to read source of medical information. The alphabetical organization of the content makes the review of material easy. This second edition is a significant improvement over the first edition of this wonderful source of genetic information.
Purpose: The encyclopedia is designed as a source of information for the lay person. It fills the gap between basic health textbooks, medical guides, and the highly technical professional materials. The advisory board has met its goals completely. While providing detailed information, the book is and easy to read text that can be used by a variety of individuals not involved in the medical field. It can be used by patients or other professionals in need of complete information on genetic disorders without the technical details.
Audience: Written by geneticists, the encyclopedia is an accurate compilation of genetic information that represents broad coverage of the most common conditions and definitions seen in the field of medical genetics. Each entry is an in-depth review, but because of the simplicity of the language, the book can be used by the general public, high school students, undergraduate students in search of basic information, and genetic professionals in search of understandable material at the patient level. The advisory board represents a group of recognized, credible authorities in the field.
Features: The 430 entries are alphabetically arranged with coverage of the most common conditions seen in the field. The encyclopedia provides information about diagnosis, treatment, and natural history of each condition. It is comprehensive but as the authors indicate, "not definitive" due to the constant changes in the field of genetics. Each entry is organized into specific areas including: definition, description, genetic profile, demographics, signs and symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, prognosis, and resources. A wonderful tool in each entry is the Key Terms section. This is presented with a different color background and directs the reader to information that is essential for the understanding of each section. The figures and art work are simple and easy to understand without significant effort.
Assessment: This is an excellent and high quality publication. It's the first publication I've seen that brings the highly complicated field of medical genetics to the consumer level. It is easy to read, with a very attractive format. Updates of this wondeful publication will be needed in the future. This second edition was overdue and represents a tremendous contribution to the understanding of medical genetics for the general population.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781414403670
Publisher:
Cengage Gale
Publication date:
09/01/2005
Pages:
1563

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