David C. Fainer, M.D., F.A.C.P.
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A knowledge of genetics facilitates diagnosis and may aid in discovering previously unrecognized disorders within a family. Another application of genetics to medical practice involves genetic counseling of patients and their families. Genetic counseling is simpler when the heterozygous carriers can be identified. In a few disorders, the heterozygote can be clearly identified, as in the hemoglobinopathies. In some disorders, the heterozygote can be identified part of the time and in others not at all. If genetic counseling is undertaken, a special knowledge of genetics is needed, accurate diagnosis is imperative, personal study of the family is desirable, and review
Fainer DC. Human Genetics and Medical Practice.. Ann Intern Med. ;61:802. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-61-4-802_3
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1964;61(4):802.
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