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This is the second edition of this book, published first in 2007. It is the product of the joint efforts of a molecular geneticist, Professor Andrew Read, and a clinical geneticist, Professor Dian Donnai, both from the University of Manchester. As mentioned in the preface of the first edition, the ‘primary audience for this book is medical students’, but it is hoped that ‘it will also be useful for counsellors and scientists, and indeed established clinicians, who want an introduction to the place of clinical genetics in medicine and biology’.
The present edition has kept the general spirit and structure of the first one. It is based on the presentation of clinical situations that illustrate important genetic disorders. As stated by the authors, the book has been designed ‘so that it can be used either for a case-based course of study, or in a more traditional way focusing on the science’.
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