Family Diseases: Are You at Risk?

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Genealogical Publishing Com, 1989 - Medical - 165 pages
While geneticists have long been interested in genealogy and genealogists in genetics, only recently have the two fields become linked in a way that promises dramatic advances in our understanding of the relationship between genetic disorders and ancestry. This book, by Los Angeles Times Syndicate columnist Myra Gormley, was a pioneering effort to explore that relationship, to alert people to things they and their family ought to know about both their family tree and genetic research, and to examine the scientific breakthroughs that have made possible the control and treatment of some inherited diseases.
Written in a popular style, in language few of us will find difficult to understand, this ground-breaking work examines the genetics revolution and its implications for your health; it discusses genetic diseases and whether you and your family may be at risk; and it explores your mental and behavioral roots--your genetic susceptibility to manic depression, for example, or to alcoholism--all in the framework of ancestry and family health history.
 

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For more than a century, a controversy has been raging as to whether an individual is more likely to be formed by "nature'' (inherited genes) or "nurture'' (environment). Many diseases and birth ... Read full review

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Contents

The Genetics Revolution and You
1
What are Genetic Diseases?
11
Is Your Family at Risk?
25
Your Mental and Behavioral Roots
53
Adoption and Your Genetic Roots
75
Tips for Researching Your Medical Pedigree
91
Using Personal Computers for Your Genetic Data
107
Your Family Health Tree A Legacy for Your Descendants
119
Genetic Counseling Should You Consider It?
129
Genetic Research in Progress
147
Glossary
163
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