9780632017416: Essential Medical Genetics
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This is an extensively revised edition of a book written to meet the needs of medical and dental undergraduates for a comprehensive yet inexpensive account of basic principles and clinical applications of modern medical genetics. It will also be of value to postgraduates who qualified prior to the advent of formal medical genetics tuition. Since the first edition, the number of cloned human genes has doubled with a commensurate increase in the diagnostic applications of recombinant DNA technology, most notably for cystic fibrosis and forms of muscular dystrophy, and these developments are fully covered. The section on molecular genetics has merited especial attention and over 100 figures have been added or replaced. The text is divided into preclinical and clinical sections. The growth and knowledge about the mechanisms of heredity in health and disease has been dramatic and increasingly prevention and treatment of genetic diseases is now possible. This is reflected by the development of medical genetics from a pure academic discipline into a clinical specialty. Human, rather than animal examples of disease, have been chosen to illustrate basic principles, and have sought to emphasize practical ways in which these principles can be applied in medical practice, basing what is taught on everyday experience in the clinics and laboratories. Where necessary references to specialized texts are made so that the reader may find more extensive coverage of areas of particular interest. Despite the recent rapid advances, there are many areas of genetics which are ill-understood. These recent advances are included, as are areas which require further research.

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Essential Medical Genetics gives a balanced introduction to the basic principles of genetics and how it is applied to the understanding and treatment of diseases with a genetic component. Divided into two sections, basic principles and clinical applications, it covers the information that medical students are taught at preclinical and clinical level. This book has been written for those whom an understanding of modern medical genetics is important in their practice as clinicians, scientists, councellors and teachers.

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"...a justifiably popular introductory text."

The British Medical Journal

"...this book remains an indispensable introduction to a complex and rapidly changing field and will be useful to both medical students and doctors who want to refresh their knowledge of this increasingly important subject."

Southampton Health Journal

"This book is an easy to read, well illustrated introduction to medical genetics. It deals nicely with all the classical aspects of the subject..."

Black Bag, Medical Student's Society of Bristol University

"A huge improvement on the 4th edition, easier to read with more diagrams and photos...The layout is alot better..."

Mediscope, Manchester Medical Gazette

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