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The Practical Guide to The Genetic Family History Robin L. BennettCompiling the most recent genetic developments in medicalspecialties, The Practical Guide to the Genetic Family History is avaluable resource which outlines the proper methods for taking andrecording a patient's family medical history, allowing primary carephysicians to be more efficient in diagnosing conditions withpotential genetic components. With genetic screening forms, anoverview of directed questions, pedigree nomenclature, andoutlining common approaches used, genetic counselor Robin L.Bennett provides readers with the basic foundation in humangenetics necessary to recognize inherited disorders and familialdisease susceptibility in patients. As the only guide which isgeared for the physician in this field, The Practical Guide to theGenetic Family History includes remarks by renowned medicalgeneticist Arno Motulsky, as well as information on structuring anaccurate pedigree and its components, including:
* Using a pedigree to identify individuals with an increasedsusceptibility to cancer
* Family history, adoption, and their challenges
* The connection between the pedigree and assisted reproductivetechnologies
* Making referrals for genetic services
* Neurological and neuromuscular conditions
* Tables covering hearing loss, mental retardation, dementia, andseizures
* Five case studies of genetics in practice
An essential reference for genetics clinics, medical geneticists,and counselors, The Practical Guide to the Genetic Family Historyis also an invaluable aid for both primary care and specialistphysicians who need an up-to-date reference that emphasizes boththe science and art of modern clinical genetics.