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Genetic Counseling

Prelude to Prenatal Diagnosis
  • Aubrey Milunsky

Abstract

“Genetic counseling” (a term first used by Reed in 1947) (Reed, 1974) is a communication process concerning the occurrence and the risks of recurrence of genetic disorders within a family (Bergsma et al., 1973; Fraser, 1974; Milunsky, 1975; Murphy and Chase, 1975; Stevenson and Davison, 1976; Lubs and de la Cruz, 1977). The essential aim of such counseling is to provide the counselee(s) with as complete an understanding as possible of all the implications of the genetic disorder in question as well as a clear perception of all the possible options. The counseling process is also aimed at helping families cope with their problems and assisting and supporting them in their decision making. Shaw (1977) has summarized the objectives of genetic counseling (Table I).

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Genetic Counseling Muscular Dystrophy Prenatal Diagnosis Counseling Process Prospective Parent 
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© Aubrey Milunsky 1979

Authors and Affiliations

  • Aubrey Milunsky
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of PediatricsHarvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA
  2. 2.Genetics DivisionEunice Kennedy Shriver CenterWalthamUSA
  3. 3.Children’s ServiceMassachusetts General HospitalBostonUSA

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