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Thompson & Thompson Genetics in Medicine: With STUDENT CONSULT Online Access, 7e (Thompson and Thompson Genetics in Medicine) 7th Edition

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ISBN-10: 1416030808
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"The word ‘Genetics’ makes most students’ minds fill with dreaded thoughts of Mendel’s peas and Darwin’s beard but the reality is that it is now, more than ever, one of the most important subjects in medicine along with the likes of anatomy and physiology. This book helps cement this key subject in the minds of all students. It is written in a clear and approachable manner, terminology is explained and diagrams are used to emphasises and clarify. The authors have structured this well, beginning with the very basic concepts of genetics and inheritance then building on to the more clinical topics such as diseases resulting from mutations. Each chapter ends with a list of questions which test what the student has learnt whilst reading a particular chapter. These questions are also a very good revision tool. If you want to learn genetics buy this book." -- Medical Student, Cardiff University, UK

"The bolded words in the text are of excellent help to a student. These make sure that you know their meaning before moving on...very informative and reader-friendly for medical students!" -- Medical Student, University of Bergen, Norway

About the Author

Huntington Willard is President and Director of the Marine Biological Laboratory and Professor of Human Genetics at the University of Chicago. Prior to his appointment at the MBL, Willard was on the faculty at Duke University, where he was founding director of the university-wide Duke Institute for Genome Sciences & Policy from 2003 to 2014, the Nanaline H. Duke Professor of Genome Sciences, and the Arts & Sciences Professor of Biology & Genome Sciences.
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Product Details

  • Series: Thompson and Thompson Genetics in Medicine
  • Paperback: 600 pages
  • Publisher: Saunders; 7 edition (June 22, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416030808
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416030805
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 8.9 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #176,213 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a quite comprehensive and general overview of medical genetics, with perhaps more focus on scientific research than clinical practice, although both are well represented.

However, this is a rapidly changing field of research, and some of the newest techniques (such as whole genome association studies) and most informative websites (such as SNPedia) that are insufficiently addressed in this edition will presumably get caught only in the (hopefully frequent) future editions.
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This is a great study guide for the American Board of Medical Genetics exam. It covers cytogenetics and molecular genetics in depth, and also discusses other important concepts such as Hardy-Weinberg Equilibrium, Population Genetics, Genomics, and single gene and complex inheritance.
I have not used the on-line access feature yet, but I have noticed a lot of improvements from the previous printed edition, including reorganized chapters, new/updated end-of-chapter questions, new statistics based on a more updated human gene count/information, and new sections on array comparative genomic hybridization. Overall, it would be essential to own this book if you're studying for the ABMG board exam, although I would also recommend supplementing your studies with other resouces to be more comprehensively prepared.
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This is one of those comprehensive texts that can be difficult to wade through at times, but at least the writing is decent even if there is a glut of information. The focus is on the genetic mechanisms of disease and technologies used to detect and augment genetic information. For me, the book serves as a good review and extension of first-year biology, as well as an introduction to where DNA technology came, where it is, and where it might be going.

Contents:
Introduction
The Human Genome and the Chromosomal Basis of Heredity
The Human Genome: Gene Structure and Function
Tools of Human Molecular Genetics
Principles of Clinical Cytogenetics
Clinical Cytogenetics: Disorders of the Autosomes and the Sex Chromosomes
Patterns of Single-Gene Inheritance
Genetics of Common Disorders with Complex Inheritance
Genetic Variation in Individuals and Populations: Mutation and Polymorphism
Human Gene Mapping and Disease Gene Identification
Clinical Case Studies Illustrating Genetic Principles
Principles of Molecular Disease: Lessons from the Hemoglobinopathies
The Molecular, Biochemical, and Cellular Basis of Genetic Disease
The Treatment of Genetic Disease
Developmental Genetics and Birth Defects
Prenatal Diagnosis
Cancer Genetics and Genomics
Personalized Genetic Medicine
Pharmacogenetics and Pharmacogenomics
Ethical Issues in Medical Genetics
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I love this book. I needed it for a class but am keeping it just because it explains things so well and it's quite fun to read just on its own, especially just about different diseases. Would highly recommend it!
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By Kay on October 10, 2015
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I know this is bad, but I usually don't buy med school text books unless they're cheap and look interesting (aside from Gray's Anatomy). Hah, hah we go through these things so quickly and everything is so lecture based anyway. This text book is like 2 weeks of med school and a semester of college. I don't think I took anyone seriously enough when they told me how hard med school was.

Skimming through it, it is clinically oriented (more than I will hopefully need), but I think it will be very helpful. Genetics is complicated, and the clinical correlates always help me remember the seemingly pointless details we get tested on.

Also, I got my book used, but it still had the online code unscratched, which means it came with the electronic version, too. :) That made my Saturday.
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This is a comprehensive text for medical genetics, recommended to me numerous times as required reading for the genetics general board exam.
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I love this text book. It's actually fun to read and it has a lot of very academically important information conveyed in very well layed out ways. The charts/diagrams are very helpful. This book made genetics a breeze for me.
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By Sixtus on December 26, 2013
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This book was great and easy to understand. As a first year med student, this book was a great adjunct to my lectures. It was better than the lecture notes as it went into just enough detail to explain the concepts, but was not overly detail and example heavy. An easy read and a must have for med students!
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