Arab Genetic Disorders: A Layman's Guide

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McFarland, Jan 1, 2003 - Health & Fitness - 161 pages
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Certain disorders tend to occur in some ethnic groups more than others. In 2001, McFarland published the author's Jewish Genetic Disorders (superb guide...outstanding writing and well-organized text...current and comprehensive...exceptional--Library Journal). This new work covers genetic disorders that have been noted to occur with relatively high frequency in Arab populations or that are unique to them. It begins with a discussion of the basic facts about genetics and genetic diseases, and who the Arab people are and why certain genetic disorders are more common in this population. The genetic disorders are then categorized as follows: blood, cardiovascular, central nervous system, connective tissue, endocrine system, metabolic, neuromuscular, respiratory, sensory, skeletal, and skin. For each category, the disorders are examined in terms of symptoms, frequency, cause, the occasional Faustian Bargain, diagnosis, transmission, treatment, and prevention. References for more information are also provided. The book concludes with information on genetic counseling for Arab-Americans.
  

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Contents

What If Means to Belong to an Ethnic Group
3
ONE Basic Facts About Genetics and Genetic
11
Natural Selection
17
Polygenic and Multifactorial Gene Disorders
23
Two Who Are the Arabs?
30
THREE Blood Disorders
36
FOUR Endocrine Disorders
62
FIVE Metabolic Disorders
81
SEVEN Sensory Disorders
101
NINE Respiratory Disorders
112
TEN Digestive Disorders
123
TWELVE Eliminating Arab Genetic Diseases
133
Glossary
139
Screening Centers
149
Index
159
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Six Connective Tissue Disorders
92

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About the author (2003)

ERNEST L. ABEL is Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Psychology at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. He is the author of more than 40 books and 200 publications. He is Past President of the Behavioral Teratology Society and the Fetal Alcohol Study Group of the Research Society on Alcoholism. In 1989, he was awarded the Distinguished Faculty Fellowship award by Wayne State University's Board of Governors.

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