The Troubled Helix

The Troubled Helix : Social and Psychological Implications of the New Human Genetics

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This wide ranging and compelling account surveys the exciting opportunities and difficult problems which arise from human genetics. The availability of increasingly sophisticated information on our genetic make-up presents individuals, and society as a whole, with difficult decisions. Although it is hoped that these advances will ultimately lead the way to the effective treatment and screening for all diseases with a genetic component, at present many individuals are 'condemned' to a life sentence, in the knowledge that they, or their children, will suffer from an incurable genetic disease. This was the first book to attempt to explore and survey these issues from such a variety of perspectives: from personal accounts of individuals coping with the threat of genetic disease, from the viewpoint of clinicians and scientists, and from those concerned with psychosocial, legal and ethical more

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  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 13 b/w illus. 4 tables
  • 1139243470
  • 9781139243476

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' ... a very timely addition to the publications on human genetics, and medical genetics in particular ... all those who are concerned in genetic counselling should read it.' British Medical Journal ' ... ought to be read by everyone who has any involvement in this field...a valuable resource for those who want an authoritative view on the wider aspects of modern human genetics.' Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine 'The volume's collective treatment of the social context and construction of our understanding of genetics has ramifications that will extend beyond this current era of 'new' genetics.' Trends in Genetics 'The book is enriched by a long section of personal accounts that dramatise the implications of genetic testing for individuals who are faced with the prospect of a late-onset disease and for their families who are also implicated.' The Lancetshow more

Table of contents

Preface. Part I. Personal Stories: 1. Daily life and the new genetics: some personal stories 1.2 Huntington's disease S. Wright, J. Madigan, Anon.; 1.3 Hereditary breast and ovarian cancer J. Zatz, E. Macke, Anon.; 1.4 Werdnig-Hoffman's syndrome A. Macaulay, H. Hearnshaw; 1.5 Sickle cell conditions M. France-Dawson, A. Mottoh; 1.6 Personal experiences of genetic diseases: a clinical geneticists' reaction P. S. Harper; Part II. Clinical Context: 2. The new genetics: a user's guide M. Pembrey; 3. Decision-making in the context of genetic risk S. Shiloh; 4. Genetic counselling: some issues of theory and practice S. Michie and T. Marteau; 5. Evaluating carrier testing: objectives and outcomes T. Marteau and E. Anionwu; 6. Psychosocial aspects of prenatal screening and diagnosis J. Green and H. Statham; 7. The genetic testing of children: a clinical perspective A. Clarke and F. Flinter; 8. Predictive genetic testing in children: paternalism or empiricism? S. Michie; Part III. Social Context: 9. The troubled helix: legal aspects of the new genetics D. Morgan; 10. Human pedigree and the 'best stock': from eugenics to genetics? J. Durant, A. Hansen and M. Bauer; 12. Families, kinship and genetics M. Richards; 13. Ethics of human genome analysis: some virtues and vices J. Wood-Harper and J. Harris; 14. Genetics and racism H. Bradby; 15. Predictive genetics: the cultural implications of supplying probable futures C. Davison; 16. The new genetics: a feminist view M. Stacey; 17. Afterword M. Richards and T. Marteau; more