Raymond R. Townsend, MD
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Townsend RR. Essentials of Medical Genomics. Ann Intern Med. 2003;138:524. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-138-6-200303180-00034
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2003;138(6):524.
Brown SM. 274 pages. Hoboken, NJ: J Wiley; 2003. $49.95. ISBN 047121003X. Order at http://www.wiley.com.
Field of medicine: Genetics and internal medicine.
Format: Hardcover book.
Audience: Internists, primary care practitioners, internal medicine and family practitioner residents, geneticists, and genetic counselors.
Purpose: To provide a clear, practical guide to medical genomics and the effect of genomics on medical practice.
Content: The text is divided into 11 chapters that span the gamut of genetics, including proteomics, various methods of analysis, bioinformatics, and ethics.
Highlights: The first chapter is an excellent introduction to the topic. I easily read it through in one sitting. The book is replete with useful stand-alone diagrams that you can decipher without laboring through reams of text. Chapter 10 covers proteomics, the study of identifying and characterizing the proteins coded by genes. This chapter tells the reader some of the process and some of the hurdles facing this enormous task. Chapter 11 is a fascinating review of the history of eugenics, which flourished in the United States between 1910 and 1939.
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