Genetics, Health Care and Public Policy: An Introduction to Public Health Genetics

Genetics, Health Care and Public Policy: An Introduction to Public Health Genetics


By (author) Alison Stewart, By (author) Philippa Brice, By (author) Ron Zimmern, By (author) Hilary Burton, By (author) Simon Sanderson, By (author) Paul Pharoah


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  • Format: Paperback | 352 pages
  • Dimensions: 174mm x 242mm x 18mm | 699g
  • Publication date: 30 June 2007
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge
  • ISBN 10: 0521529077
  • ISBN 13: 9780521529075
  • Edition: 1
  • Illustrations note: 42 b/w illus.
  • Sales rank: 1,610,797

Product description

Genetics, Health Care and Public Policy is an introduction to the new discipline of public health genetics. It brings together the insights of genetic and molecular science as a means of protecting and improving the health of the population. Its scope is wide and requires an understanding of genetics, epidemiology, public health and the principles of ethics, law and the social sciences. This book sets out the basic principles of public health genetics for a wide audience from those providing health care to those involved in establishing policy. The emphasis throughout the text is on providing an accessible introduction to the field. The content moves from the basic concepts, including definitions and history, through chapters on genetics, genetic technology, epidemiology, genetics in medicine, genetics in health services, ethical, legal and social implications, to the implications for health policy. It provides one-stop, introductory coverage of this rapidly developing and multidisciplinary field.

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Author information

Alison Stewart is Head of Policy and Knowledge Management at the Public Health Genetics Unit, Cambridge. Philippa Brice is Science Policy andDissemination Manager at the Public Health Genetics Unit, Cambridge. Hilary Burton is Consultant in Public Health Medicine at the Public Health Genetics Unit, Cambridge. Paul Pharoah is Senior Clinical Research Fellow in the Department of Oncology, University of Cambridge. Simon Sanderson is Clinical Lecturer in Primary Care Genetics at the Institute of Public Health, University of Cambridge. Ron Zimmern is Director of the Public Health Genetics Unit, Cambridge.

Review quote

'... the book provides a good introductory text for students looking to gain a strong foundation in the complex field of research and public policy that surrounds medical genetics.' The Journal of Biosocial Science

Table of contents

1. Introduction; 2. Genetic science and technology; 3. Fundamentals of genetic epidemiology; 4. Genetics in medicine; 5. Genetics in health services; 6. Ethical, legal and social issues; 7. Policy for genetic science.