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Genetic counseling is a special activity of medical prognosis and consists of giving advice to parents and relatives regarding the recurrence risk of a given inherited disease. For various historical reasons, genetics in the United States developed almost completely apart from the mainstream of medical investigation and practice until quite recently. Most physicians therefore are unacquainted with genetic principles. Usually, genetic counseling was not practiced at all or when demanded by patients was left to interested geneticists without medical training. Dr. Reed has operated a genetic counseling service of this sort and has a great deal of experience in this
Counseling in Medical Genetics.. Ann Intern Med. ;59:772–773. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-59-5-772_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1963;59(5_Part_1):772-773.
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