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Genetic Counselling : Practice and Principles - Angus Clarke

Genetic Counselling

Practice and Principles

By: Angus Clarke (Editor)

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Published: 5th May 1994
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Genetic counselling should be viewed from many perspectives. To understand the ethical issues raised by genetic counselling, it is necessary for the practitioner, the detached observer and the student to be aware of these different perspectives. This book includes contributions from health professionals engaged in genetic counselling, and from observers and critics of genetic counselling with backgrounds in law, in philosophy, in biology, in the soical sciences in advocacy on behalf of those with mental handicap. This diversity among the contributors will enable health professionals to examine their activities with a fresh eye, and will help the observer-critic to understand the ethical problems that arise in genetic counselling practice rather than imaginary encounters. It is natural for health professionals to focus their concern on the immediate questions raised by individual clients, and for detached observers to consider the broader social implications of genetic counselling; this book will aid the process of mutual understanding. The book consists of an introduction and eleven chapters. Five chapters have been written from the perspectives of those engaged in genetic counselling of screening, and examine the ethical issues raised. Six chapters have been written from contrasting, critical perpectives. This volume differs from other studies of ethical issues raised by genetics in that it focuses on genetic counselling and screening as such, rather than the new technologies applied to human reproduction. The breadth of the multidisciplinary perspective is also unusual, and make the book of interest of health professionals, social scientists, philosophers of science and of ethics, lawyers and bioethicists.

Introduction
Genetic Counselling: A Medical Perspective
Genetic Counselling: A Nurse's Perspective
Predictive Testing of Adults and Children
Ethical Issues in Newborn Screening for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy: The Question of Informed Consent
Termination of a Second Trimester Pregnancy for Fetal Abnormality: Psycho-Social Aspects
Lessons from a Dark and Distant Past
Prenatal Genetic Testing and Screening: Constructing Needs and Reinforcing Inequities
Medical Genetics and Mental Handicap
The Rights and Interests of Children and Those with a Mental Handicap
Confidentiality in Genetic Counselling
Genetic Reductionism and Medical Genetic Practice
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ISBN: 9780415082570
ISBN-10: 0415082579
Series: Professional Ethics
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 280
Published: 5th May 1994
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.47
Edition Number: 1