Genetics for the Health Sciences (häftad)
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Genetics for the Health Sciences (häftad)

Genetics for the Health Sciences

A Handbook for Clinical Healthcare

Häftad Engelska, 2009-06-05
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Genetics is vitally important in the health sciences, but its relevance on a day-to-day basis is often poorly understood. Genetics for the Health Sciences introduces the general principles of genetics and links these to real world examples.
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The stated intent for Genetics for Health Sciences: A Handbook for Clinical Healthcare is "to help those in clinical healthcare understand the genetics they need in their professional roles". The book more than adequately meets this goal. This book is an updated and more broadly focused version of the authors' first text Genetics for Healthcare Professionals. The text is a compact, concise presentation of the basic concepts in genetics science and the impact of genetics across the lifespan. The organization of the text increases its usefulness to clinicians as each specialty area could easily locate the information most pertinent to their work. The authors begin the text by "Setting the scene" and providing some definitions, areas of concern and issues involved in genetic testing. Brief chapters on family history, counseling issues, and public health genetics precede the more specialty oriented chapters. The chapter on basic genetics should provide a good refresher course for those who have had some genetics education in the past and provide an introduction for those who have not had any genetics education in the recent past. The use of over 20 figures helps clarify some of the basic genetic concepts presented. The next six chapters cover possible areas of concerns across the lifespan that involve genetic diagnosis, clinical follow-up, and health care issues. The authors present material of interest starting at the life stage before conception and concluding in older adulthood. The book concludes with a chapter addressing genetic competency in the health care professions. The text is well illustrated throughout, again providing summarized information that is easily accessed. An especially helpful feature of this text is the presence of multiple case studies in each chapter making this text particularly useful for teaching. I think faculty teaching students in advanced practice nursing programs and allied health courses would find this text a succinct addition to their course. However, I could also see this text being useful in RN preparation curriculum. It could easily be a text that would carry over for several specialty areas and provide additional material specific to genetics in each area. Genetics for Health Sciences: A Handbook for Clinical Healthcare is a welcome addition to the rather sparse choices available for presenting genetics content in clinical practice curriculum. -- Rebekah Hamilton Tremendous progress in recent years has shaped the field of medical genetics, which continues to expand to involve almost every aspect of human health. Hence, it is necessary for every healthcare professional to acquire a basic understanding of this science. This is clearly the objective of this well-edited and structured book by Skirton and Patch in its second updated edition. The authors' considerable experience in genetics, through direct clinical practice in addition to organisational and academic roles, can be appreciated in the practical aspect of their writing. The book starts with useful definitions and alerts the reader to the wide applicability of genetics through clinical cases, raising questions that are answered and discussed when relevant in later chapters. Important aspects of genetic counselling, from basic skills such as risk estimation using family trees to more complex ones related to effective ethical communication with the clients in the light of their needs and the different models of counselling, are then discussed in two chapters. However, given their intrinsic function in medical genetics, these issues are also efficiently tackled in the clinical cases outlined in each chapter. The authors then describe important scientific concepts and techniques that are necessary for a good clinical understanding of genetics. Although this section may seem short, the additional resources provided at the end are very useful. Likewise, for all topics covered in the book, the updated links provided serv


1. Setting the scene 2. The family history 3. Counseling issues 4. Basic concepts in genetic science 5. Public health genetics 6. Before conception 7. Pregnancy and the perinatal period 8. Infancy 9. Childhood and adolescence 10. Adulthood 11. Older adulthood 12. Development of genetic healthcare competence in the health professions Glossary References Answers to Test Yourself questions Appendices Index