October 1987

Genetic Disorders and the Fetus: Diagnosis, Prevention, and Treatment

Author Affiliations

Department of Pediatrics Arizona Health Sciences Center 1501 N Campbell Tucson, AZ 85724


ed 2, edited by Aubrey Milunsky, 895 pp, with illus, $89.50, New York, Plenum Publishing Corp, 1986.

Am J Dis Child. 1987;141(10):1062-1064. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1987.04460100040019

Prenatal diagnosis of congenital anomalies and genetic disorders is a rapidly expanding and complex field. The few existing texts often cover the topic only superficially. Genetic Disorders and the Fetus, now in its second edition, is the single most comprehensive and authoritative source of information regarding prenatal diagnosis now available.

This volume is authored by an impressive array of medical scientists from North America, Europe, and Israel. The 30 chapters cover the whole spectrum of issues relating to genetic disorders and the fetus. Chapters are devoted to specific techniques, including amniocentesis, ultrasonography, fetal blood sampling, fetoscopy, chorionic villus sampling, and fetal roentgenograms. Other chapters are devoted to specific disorders that are prenatally diagnosable. Particularly well done are chapters on medicolegal aspects of prenatal diagnosis, moral problems and ethical guidance, and prenatal diagnosis and public policy.

The book is generally well written and comprehensively referenced. The index is extremely complete and

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