5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 2 November 2006
Contrary to the previous reviewer's experience, i thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and used it almost exclusively to study and revise for my second-year genetics and development module at the Royal Free & UCL med school.
The text is comprehensive and the book organised in a coherent manner. The writing is lucid and succinct, and is above all accessible to an undergraduate medical student audience.
If your medical school curriculum requires that you understand the fundamental scientific principles underlying modern genetics and be able to apply them within clinical contexts, then this book will satisfy your needs. The chapters i found most helpful were those on risk calculation, genetic screening and counselling, diagnostics and testing, and the discussion on ethical issues in medical genetics.
This book will be most helpful to those who require an overview of genetic theory and genetics in medical practice; the text covers these topics in sufficient depth that would be expected of medics.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 2 March 2010
This book takes you into the world of Genetics with fantastic images and written text any beginner would easily understand. Starts from History of the founders of genetics, onto the cellular formation from DNA step by step through transcription, replication, genetic code onto structures of a chromosome. Further chapters take you through chromosome, ananlysis, karyotyping,FISH, abnormalities, inheritence, through to genetics in medicine and clinical genetics. Further backed up with access to their website to look in detail at the images in the book. Excellent for those at graduate level studying Biomedical sciences, medicine and Biochemistry.
on 25 February 2010
I used this book in my second year at medical school. Contrary to other reviewers, in my experience this was the only medical genetics book I understood! It doesn't go into too much detail at all, in fact it gives you enough detail so that you might understand the important principles. It also covers a wide area of the subject in separate chapters, so it is quite useful overall.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 17 April 2008
Do not buy this book. It is a waste of your money. It is too detailed for medical students. You do not need this level of information. The first few chapters are useful. Also the editing is atrocious. One of the most difficult books Ive read in terms of grammar. In hindsight, it would be better to simply borrow it from a library, read a few introductory chapters and then return it, rather than buy it.
3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 2 May 2005
I would strongly advise to think twice before buying this book. I am a medical student and thought it would be useful for a genetics module, I was wrong! It is a very difficult book to read and even more difficult to understand. I found it far too complex and deltailed in areas that were irrelevant to medical studies, and yet it explained the basics very poorly. That are a number of other books that are much better!