Author Affiliation: National Human Genome Research Institute, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Md.
Queried at the turn of the millennium about the relevance of genetic
diseases to medicine, a primary care physician might well have replied "not
in my practice." After all, for most of its history, medical genetics has
been devoted largely to the study of relatively rare single-gene or chromosomal
disorders. Patients with these disorders were mostly cared for in tertiary
care medical centers by specialists. But all that is changing. As demonstrated
by the collection of articles in this theme issue of THE JOURNAL, genetics
is invading the mainstream of medical practice.
Collins FS, Guttmacher AE. Genetics Moves Into the Medical Mainstream. JAMA. 2001;286(18):2322-2324. doi:10.1001/jama.286.18.2322