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AuthorFuhrmann, Walter. author
TitleGenetic Counseling [electronic resource] : A Guide for the Practicing Physician / by Walter Fuhrmann, Friedrich Vogel
ImprintNew York, NY : Springer New York : Imprint: Springer, 1969
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Descript VIII, 106 p. online resource


"An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" In medicine the truth of this statement is so self-evident that it is simply taken for granted; and yet it has become mere lip-service for many a doctor, since his work is almost exclusively concerned with the treatment of those who are already ill. This applies not only to the treatment of patients but even more to that of entire families. Many doctors are as yet unaware that the appearance of serious, sometimes fatal diseases can be avoided by preventing the concepยญ tion of sick human beings. Our knowledge of genetics permits the relatively accurate prediction, based on statistical probability, of the recurrence of genetic defects (anomalies) and diseases within families. Our patients are frequently aware that such predictions are posยญ sible. In an effort to prevent the birth of defective children they try to inform themselves. However, in the practice of the individual doctor this sort of inquiry does not occur with such frequency that he is forced to concern himself systematically with these problems


I. Appearances Deceive -- II. Recording a Familial Medical History or Pedigree -- III. The Autosomal Dominant Mode of Inheritance -- IV. New Mutations and Phenocopies -- V. The Autosomal Recessive Mode of Inheritance and Tests for the Detection of Heterozygotes -- VI. Sex-linked Modes of Inheritance -- VII. Chromosome Aberrations -- VIII. Malformations Not Subject to a Simple Mode of Inheritance -- IX. Other Diseases Without a Simple Mode of Inheritance -- X. Oligophrenia and Mental Illness -- XI. The Genetic Prognosis for Consanguinous Marriage -- XII. The Human Element -- References

Medicine Human genetics Biochemistry Physics Medicine & Public Health Medicine/Public Health general Biochemistry general Physics general Human Genetics


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