Genetics in Practice: A Clinical Approach for Healthcare Practitioners

Genetics in Practice: A Clinical Approach for Healthcare Practitioners

Author(s): Jo Haydon

Published Online: 16 APR 2008

Print ISBN: 9781861564641

Online ISBN: 9780470697726

DOI: 10.1002/9780470697726

About this Book

Nurses are increasingly being asked to provide information when a genetic diagnosis is made, whether to the individual patient or to members of his or her family. This book provides a comprehensive introduction to present day genetic services, to help professionals feel more confident when dealing with queries or advising where to go for further information.

Comprehensive case studies are used to explain the various models of inheritance and explore the possibilities for families, following genetic diagnosis. Family history-taking, risk assessment, basic biology of chromosomes and genes, and laboratory techniques are all described. Issues of ethnicity and ethics are addressed. The book also discusses the development of the role of the genetic nurse counselor.

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