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Entries provide information on genetic diseases and conditions, covering such topics as DNA, genetic testing, and chromosomes.
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Current research has heightened interest in genetics. This new encyclopedia compiled by genetic counselors, physicians, and medical writers explains genetic and congenital disorders in lay language. The 400 alphabetically arranged signed entries cover genetic disorders (Down syndrome, Sickle cell disease ), congenital disorders (Cleft lip and palate, Patent ductus arteriosus ), scientific concepts and research (Chromosome, Human Genome Project), and clinical tests and specialties (Amniocentesis, Genetic counseling). There are also articles about conditions such as prion diseases, which have a genetic component but can be transmitted between unrelated individuals, and Accutane embryopathy, a combination of birth defects that occurs when a pregnant woman takes the drug Accutane.
The entries are from one to four pages long. They include a definition of the subject, a description of the disorder, genetic profile, demographics, signs and symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and management, and prognosis. Color boxes have definitions of key terms. The articles also have resource lists. Over 200 illustrations, including color photographs and pedigree charts, supplement the text. A symbol guide for the pedigree charts, gene maps, a glossary, a list of organizations, and an index complete the work. There are ample cross-references within the articles.
Although some articles, such as Tay-Sachs disease, are virtually unchanged from the first edition of The Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine (1999), most of the entries are new or major revisions. The broad scope of the encyclopedia, which covers both common (Asthma) and rare (Simpson-Golabi-Behmel syndrome ) disorders, makes it a very useful resource. The second edition of the Encyclopedia of Genetic Disorders and Birth Defects (Facts On File, 2000) has a nice history of human genetics, but its entries on the disorders are quite short. The Genetic Disorders Sourcebook (2d ed., Omnigraphics, 2000) and the Congenital Disorders Sourcebook (2d ed., Omnigraphics, 2000) cover only the more common disorders.
Families affected by genetic or congenital disorders and students writing reports will find accurate, current information in The Gale Encyclopedia of Genetic Disorders. Public libraries and consumer health collections will find it well worth the price. RBB
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Readable, well organized, and easy to use, this outstanding encyclopedia signifies a timely and major advance in providing in-depth and comprehensive coverage of medical genetics for the lay reader. The two volumes include nearly 400 substantive entries on genetic diseases and conditions as well as information on basic genetics concepts such as DNA, chromosomes, genetic testing, and pedigree analysis and construction (genetic family history). An advisory board of seven distinguished genetics specialists (clinical geneticists and genetic counselors) oversaw the accuracy of the text, which is authored by an international slate of clinicians, genetic counselors, and medical writers. Each of the alphabetically arranged entries follows a standard format definition, description, genetic profile, demographics, and signs and symptoms designed to answer the questions healthcare consumers actually ask. In addition, entries provide citations for further reading, contact information for support and advocacy organizations, and recommendations for notable web sites. Cross references for subjects without entries are interspersed throughout the work and are easy to follow. The key terms box that appears in select entries and provides succinct and understandable definitions is especially noteworthy. Other special features include a comprehensive glossary, a chromosome map, a guide to symbols for pedigree charts, and an organizations directory all features that should make understanding difficult genetics concepts much easier. The Encyclopedia of Genetic Disorders and Birth Defects (Facts On File, 2000. 2d ed.) has long been the authoritative title for this subject and should remain on the shelf. However, larger consumer health collections and those that frequently receive requests for consumer information on clinical genetics are advised to purchase this as a supplement; it is worth every penny. Highly recommended. Gail Hendler, New York University Sch. of Medicine
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