The Encyclopedia of Genetic Disorders and Birth Defects

The Encyclopedia of Genetic Disorders and Birth Defects

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Baker & Taylor
A collection of clear, comprehensive, and up-to-date resources for understanding and coping with the complexities of modern health and social concerns provides an objective overview of each topic profiled, covering essential facts and the wider social ramifications of the subject.

Book News
Aimed at medical professionals and lay readers alike, this comprehensive reference book documents over 1,000 types of genetic disorders and birth defects, including 135 new entries that have been added since the second edition. Wynbrandt, an experienced author on medical topics, and Ludman (Dalhousie U., Nova Scotia) have edited and revised entries for the new edition to include such topics as albinism, ethical issues in genetics research, phenylketonuria, spina bifida and new findings concerning the X and Y chromosomes. This is part of the Facts on File Library of Health and Living series. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Blackwell North Amer
In recent years, doctors and scientists have made great strides in increasing our knowledge of hundreds of birth defects, and more than 4,000 specific genetic disorders have been identified. Genetic research into causes of and treatments for disease is on the rise thanks in part to the successful mapping of the human genome by the Human Genome Project, completed in 2003.

Facts on File
Praise for the previous edition:
"...recommended for college, university, and public libraries." Choice

" excellent, definitive, authoritative and reliable all-in-one reference which provides the very latest health information." Midwest Book Review

In recent years, doctors and scientists have made great strides in increasing our knowledge of hundreds of genetic disorders. Many serious disorders have now been identified as having a genetic basis, and treatment for birth defects has improved considerably.

Substantially updated, The Encyclopedia of Genetic Disorders and Birth Defects, Third Edition offers lay readers and professionals alike the most comprehensive single-volume reference to congenital disorders and birth defects. This accessible volume contains more than 1,000 expertly written entries including more than 135 new entries and more than 60 revised entries, extensive appendixes providing updated tables of statistics and directories of service and support groups, and a concise introductory history of human genetics. This new edition has been extensively updated to reflect the most current research.

Topics include:
  • Autism
  • Cancer
  • Chromosomal abnormalities
  • Ethics
  • Genetic counseling
  • Heart defects
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Neural tube defects
  • Phenylketonuria
  • Prenatal diagnosis
  • Spina bifida
  • and much more.

& Taylor

Provides information on the history, prognosis, availability of prenatal detection, and symptoms of hundreds of genetically transmitted conditions.

Publisher: New York : Facts On File, c2008
Edition: 3rd ed
ISBN: 9780816063963
Branch Call Number: 616.042 WYN 2008
Characteristics: xix, 682 p. ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Ludman, Mark D.


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The second edition of this book is always available in the PlaneTree Health Information Center @ Cupertino Library. - AC 425 W 2000


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