Description The first book devoted exclusively to the principles andpractice of genetic counseling—now in a new edition First published in 1998, A Guide to Genetic Counselingquickly became a bestselling and widely recognized text, usednationally and internationally in genetic counseling trainingprograms. Now in its eagerly anticipated Second Edition, itprovides a thoroughly revised and comprehensive overview of geneticcounseling, focusing on the components, theoretical framework, andunique approach to patient care that are the basis of thisprofession. The book defines the core competencies and covers thegenetic counseling process from case initiation tocompletion—in addition to addressing global professionalissues—with an emphasis on describing fundamental principlesand practices.
Chapters are written by leaders in the field of geneticcounseling and are organized to facilitate academic instruction andskill attainment. They provide the most up-to-date coverage of:
The history and practice of genetic counseling
Case preparation and management
Risk communication and decision-making
Medical genetics evaluation
Understanding genetic testing
Ethical and legal issues
Genetic counseling research
Genetics education and outreach
Evolving roles and expanding opportunities
A Guide to Genetic Counseling, Second Edition belongs onthe syllabi of all medical and human genetics and geneticcounseling training programs. It is an indispensable reference forboth students and healthcare professionals working with patientswho have or are at risk for genetic conditions.