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February 1974

The Prenatal Diagnosis of Hereditary Disorders.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1974;91(2):167. doi:10.1001/archopht.1974.03900060173019

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For the last century, ophthalmologists have contributed much to the identification and understanding of hereditary disease. Because these contributions have focused not only on ophthalmic but also on generalized disorders, the importance of the eye in the recognition of inheritable disease is well recognized. This volume is the first textbook pertaining to prenatal diagnosis of hereditary disorders, and its publication highlights the importance of early diagnosis of hereditary disease. Though a few hereditary diseases respond to early management, most do not; therefore, the prevention of disease via genetic counseling has become an important medical responsibility. This book describes the indications, techniques, expectations, and limitations of the present methods of prenatal diagnosis. The use of amniocentesis early in the second trimester followed by examination of cultured fetal cells is the approach described in greatest detail. In the use of this technique and others, the author notes that, "The fundamental philosophy, aim,

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