Telling Genes The Story of Genetic Counseling in America

ISBN-10: 1421406683

ISBN-13: 9781421406688

Edition: 2012

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For sixty years genetic counselors have served as the messengers of important information about the risks, realities, and perceptions of genetic conditions. More than 2,500 certified genetic counselors in the United States work in clinics, community and teaching hospitals, public health departments, private biotech companies, and universities. Telling Genes considers the purpose of genetic counseling for twenty-first century families and society and places the field into its historical context.Genetic counselors educate physicians, scientific researchers, and prospective parents about the role of genetics in inherited disease. They are responsible for reliably translating test results and technical data for a diverse clientele, using scientific acumen and human empathy to help people make informed decisions about genomic medicine.Alexandra Minna Stern traces the development of genetic counseling from the eugenics movement of the early twentieth century to the current era of human genomics. Drawing from archival records, patient files, and oral histories, Stern presents the fascinating story of the growth of genetic counseling practices, principles, and professionals.
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Book details

List price: $25.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 9/17/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 248
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Introduction
History: Genetic Counseling Develops
Genetic Risk: An Evolving Calculus
Race: Tense and Troubled Relations
Disability: The Dynamics of Difference
Women: Transforming Genetic Counseling
Ethics: Shades of Gray in Genetic Counseling
Prenatal Diagnosis: The Handmaiden of Contemporary Genetic Counseling
Conclusion
Appendixes
Archival Materials Consulted
Interviewees
Master's Degree Genetic Counseling Programs in North America
Notes
Index
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