Genetic Disorders and the Fetus: Diagnosis, Prevention, and Treatment (Paperback)
  • Genetic Disorders and the Fetus: Diagnosis, Prevention, and Treatment (Paperback)

Genetic Disorders and the Fetus: Diagnosis, Prevention, and Treatment (Paperback)

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Technological advances continue to expand the number of genetic disorders that can be diagnosed in utero. Utilization of this new technology has de- manded special expertise available in relatively few academic centers. As these new applications have become more widespread so have the realities of the medicolegal implications. Notwithstanding the laboratory challenges, most legal action, at least in the United States, has arisen from the physician's failure to inform a patient about the risks of a genetic disorder or the oppor- tunities presented by prenatal diagnosis. Hence an extensive thorough reex- amination of the subject seems appropriate and timely. The steady escalation in the number of prenatal genetic studies now being done in the western world makes it imperative for the physician to have a thorough comprehension of the subject in its entirety. I am, therefore, fortu- nate in having colleagues who as acknowledged experts have shared their knowledge and experience in order to make this volume a major critical repository of facts and guidance about prenatal genetic diagnosis. The subject matter ranges from a consideration of required genetic counseling through the intricacies of establishing prenatal diagnoses. Special attention is focused on new advances using ultrasound, a-fetoprotein, fetoscopy, and first trimester diagnosis. Both ethical and legal implications are discussed in detail, as is the development of public policy.

Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
ISBN: 9781468434408
Number of pages: 704
Weight: 1240 g
Dimensions: 244 x 170 x 37 mm
Edition: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 197


"The extensive compilation of information concentrating the prenatal detection of chromosomal abnormalities is essential to all those engaged in prenatal genetic diagnosis." -- New Medical World Weekly

"Each clinical genetics and obstetric unit should have a copy of this volume to hand, as it remains the textbook on genetic disorders that may present in pregnant patients and their relatives." -- John L Tolmie, Human Genetics

"The editor is to be congratulated on producing such a topical and full summary of current practice and future developments. This book would make a most useful addition to the libraries of both genetic and fetal medicine departments." -- Journal of Medical Genetics, reviewing a previous edition or volume

"It would provide an excellent teaching text for clinicians in training and a useful reference text for many scientists working on the laboratory side of prenatal genetic testing... This text is a must for any obstetrics library shelf." -- Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, reviewing a previous edition or volume

"Long considered a standard reference in the area of prenatal diagnosis, this text is notable for its breadth and continues to be a readable, well-organized, comprehensive resource for clinicians in fields related to the care of the fetus and newborn." -- Journal of the American Medical Association, reviewing a previous edition or volume

"For several years, Genetic Disorders and the Fetus has belonged with the classic textbooks on the shelf of every geneticist involved with genetic medicine... In editing the fifth edition of this multiauthored book, Milunsky has succeeded in providing an updated source of guidance and a major repository of knowledge for those of us practicing fetal medicine and involved in human fetal research." -- New England Journal of Medicine

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