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May 1970

Genetics and Counseling in Medical Practice.

Author Affiliations

Montreal, Canada

Am J Dis Child. 1970;119(5):463. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1970.02100050465020

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Genetic counseling is rapidly becoming accepted as a part of good medical practice, and one in which the practicing physician plays an increasingly active role. The publisher's advertisement for this volume suggests that it contains all the information the physician needs in order to do genetic counseling. It does not. The preface is more accurate in saying the purpose of the book is to provide a "broad coverage of information that the family physician can use to help people seeking genetic advice," and that "To some extent, then, this book is a manual (or perhaps a primer) for genetic counseling in medical practice; it is not an exhaustive treatise on medical genetics."

An introductory section presents some practical information on pedigree-taking, dermatoglyphics, sex chromatin and karyotypes, and an excellent discussion of the philosophy and strategy of the counseling process. Would that the rest of the book maintained this standard!


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