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The encyclopedia of genetic disorders and birth defects
Wynbrandt, James.
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Second edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Facts on File, 2000.
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xx, 474 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
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Provides information on the history, prognosis, availability of prenatal detection, and symptoms of hundreds of genetically transmitted conditions.

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Booklist Review

The second edition (the first was published in 1991) has 50 new entries. Numerous other entries have been revised to reflect recent research and advances.

Choice Review

Wynbrandt and Ludman have expanded this new edition (1st ed., 1991) to include some 1000 entries, "selected on the basis of the disorders' incidence and clinical and historical importance." They include a description of each disorder, its prognosis, mode of inheritance, availability of carrier, screening and prenatal diagnosis, and names of helpful organizations. A history of the development of genetics and a bibliography of books and articles (dating from the 1970s and 1980s) are included. The authors, a journalist and a consultant pediatrician and clinical geneticist, use language that is lucid, clear, and simple. In addition to disorders and birth defects such as Ehlers-Danlos syndrome and Goldenhar syndrome, entries for concepts significant to genetics such as autosomal dominance, imprinting, and amniocentesis are also included. As a supplement to see and see also references, words in capital letters within an entry point to other related entries. Appendixes contain statistics on congenital malformation and birth defects (by counts, rate, and state), regional genetics services, a handful of general Web resources, and addresses and phone numbers of organizations. This resource strikes a happy medium between a technical source with primarily genetic information and a resource with detailed descriptive treatments of a few syndromes, and is recommended for college, university, and public libraries. All levels. ; University of Memphis



Medical knowledge of genetics has witnessed advances affecting the detection, potential treatment, and cure for literally hundreds of genetic and congenital anomalies. The Encyclopedia of Genetic Disorders and Birth Defects, Second Edition offers students and researchers practical access to what is perhaps the most exciting and dynamic field in modern science. Written in clear, non-technical language, this volume covers the spectrum of clinical and research information on hereditary conditions and birth defects. The text includes a general essay on the basics of genetic science and its medical applications. More than 600 entries are extensively cross-referenced and explore genetic anomalies, diagnostic procedures, causes of mutations, and high risk groups. The second edition features: 50 new entries, including genetic terminology, such as screening and diagnostic techniques, and conditions or disorders with a genetic component, such as anxiety, aggression, and smoking Thoroughly revised entries that reflect tremendous breakthroughs on major genetic disorders, such as muscular dystrophy, cystic fibrosis, Down syndrome, spina bifida, ovarian, breast and other cancers, and Alzheimer's disease Genetics news, including results of gene therapy trials for treating AIDS and hemophilia, DNA fingerprinting-type techniques, and controversial trends, such as designer babies and retirement pregnancies Web sites of support groups and organizations as well as sites with links to information on genetic disorders and related subjects. Excerpted from The Encyclopedia of Genetic Disorders and Birth Defects by James Wynbrandt, Mark D. Ludman All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.