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Prader-Willi Syndrome
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  • Page extent: 232 pages
  • Size: 247 x 174 mm
  • Weight: 0.57 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 618.92/85884
  • Dewey version: 22
  • LC Classification: RJ520.P7 W458 2004
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Prader-Willi syndrome

Library of Congress Record


 (ISBN-13: 9780521840293 | ISBN-10: 0521840295)

Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS) is associated with an assortment of physical, behavioural and cognitive abnormalities which create a broad range of care needs. Information about the syndrome is spread across a variety of disciplines. In this book the authors seek to identify and provide the latest findings about how best to manage the complex medical, nutritional, psychological, educational, social and therapeutic needs of people with PWS. Their approach is an integrated one, centred on the PWS phenotype. Both authors have been involved in the Cambridge PWS study, which is the largest and most rounded of the cohort studies of PWS anywhere in the world. The unique data it provides is the basis of this book.

• Describes findings based on a unique, genetically proven, population-based sample • Integrates the findings from different areas of research into new theories about the syndrome • Tony Holland is known worldwide for his work in this area


Introduction; Part I. Background: PWS, Why, What, and How To Investigate: 1. Background and historical overview; 2. Biological and regulatory mechanisms in PWS; 3. The Cambridge PWS project; Part II. PWS Prevalence, Phenotypic Functioning and Characteristics: 4. Prevalence, birth incidence and mortality; 5. Relationship between genetic and clinical diagnosis; 6. Phenotypic differences between the genetic subtypes; 7. Cognitive function and attainments; 8. The behavioural phenotype of PWS; 9. Medical conditions affecting people with PWS; 10. Psychiatric illness; 11. Obsessions and compulsions; Part III. Minor Findings, Some Conclusions and Future Directions: 12. Understanding PWS; Index.


Review of the hardback: 'It is a representative compilation of the knowledge of today … can be recommended to all readers interested in genetics and their connections to different human functions. Even parents of children with PWS who want to know where the front line of research is will find this book valuable.' European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

Review of the hardback: '… provides a wealth of very valuable facts to add to the jigsaw pieces that will eventually reveal a whole picture of a fascinating syndrome.' European Journal of Paediatric Neurology

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