The Genetic Testing of Children (Human Molecular Genetics Series)


Published by Academic Press, 1998
ISBN 10: 012220445X / ISBN 13: 9780122204456
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Synopsis: The book focuses on the ethical and social uses involved in the genetic testing of children. The perspective and experiences of geneticists, ethicists and affected families are presented in authoritative and balanced reviews of this increasingly controversial subject. Some of the subjects covered include: confidentiality; potential abuses of genetic information; and the value of predictive genetic testing.
The Genetic Testing of children aims to improve awareness of the issues raised and provides suggestions as to how discussions must develop.
It is therefore essential reading for genetic counselors, clinicians, ethicists and human geneticists and will also be of interest to general practitioners. The accessible style of writing also makes the book a useful overview for interested parents.

About the Author: Angus Clarke studied Medical and Natural Sciences at King's College Cambridge, taking the part II course in Genetics in his final year. He then studied clinical medicine at Oxford for 3 years, qualifying in 1979, and worked in junior hospital posts for 2 years. He trained for 4 years in paediatrics, and then - seeking experience in research - he took a position in Medical Genetics with Peter Harper. This entailed visiting families from all over Britain with a rare condition called X-linked hypohidrotic ectodermal dysplasia. Many of these families reported ways in which social intolerance had added to their burden, and even health professionals had sometimes added to their problems instead of relieving them. Getting to know some of these families as personal friends has certainly influenced the direction of his work ever since. After 2 years' experience in Newcastle, working in both clinical genetics and paediatric neurology, he returned to Cardiff as a Senior Lecturer, now Reader, in Clinical Genetics. In drawing attention to the human problems potentially caused by genetic counselling or genetic screening programmes, Angus Clarke is anxious that medical genetics does not promise more than it can deliver - that it knows the limitations. His views have arisen from reflecting on the accounts of the experiences that have been described by families he has met, and are not determined by any particular theoretical position.

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Title: The Genetic Testing of Children (Human ...
Publisher: Academic Press
Publication Date: 1998
Book Condition: Good
Edition: 1st Edition.

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Published by Academic Press (1998)
ISBN 10: 012220445X ISBN 13: 9780122204456
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