Alison J. Whelan, MD
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Whelan AJ. Genetic Testing: Care, Consent, and Liability. Ann Intern Med. 2006;145:80. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-145-1-200607040-00021
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2006;145(1):80.
Sharp NF and Carter RF. 594 pages. New York: Wiley-Liss; 2006. $89.95. ISBN 0471748897. Order at http://www.wiley.com.
Field of medicine: Medical genetics.
Format: Hardcover book.
Audience: Medical students, residents, and nongeneticist health care providers.
Purpose: To discuss the major concepts of genetic diseases, the ethical and legal issues surrounding them, and the special skills needed to provide better care for patients with genetic disease.
Content: The book focuses on genetic testing, with an emphasis on counseling issues, a framework for clinical thinking, and the ethical and legal ramifications of testing. Areas of testing discussed range from prenatal testing and newborn screening to general genetic counseling, communication, and informed consent information. This is a detailed book that is carefully written and highly referenced. It provides in-depth background on the subject, as well as clinical case examples that illustrate the major concepts of genetic diseases. For most topics, the clinical, ethical, and legal aspects of cases are carefully considered and referenced. Each topic generally includes an introduction, illustrative case examples, a careful discussion of core concepts, and a detailed discussion written by experts in the field, as well as resources for self-directed learning.
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