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Genetics, Health Care and Public Policy


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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.

• Concise yet comprehensive, rigorous and well-researched • Covers basic genetics through to the implications for policy • Accessible to those with no prior knowledge of the field


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.


'… 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

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