Genetic Counseling

Prelude to Prenatal Diagnosis
  • Aubrey Milunsky


The revolution in genetic biotechnology has fueled the public’s increasing awareness of opportunities to avoid or prevent certain serious genetic defects. In North America at least, prospective parents, alert to such opportunities for prevention, have been quick to enlist the aid of the legal profession when the chance to avoid a serious congenital defect has been missed. As a consequence, successful claims by plaintiffs have helped to catalyze the recognition of a genetic standard of care in obstetric practice (Milunsky, 1985). Establishment of medical genetics as a speciality by board certification has also raised the expectations of genetic care in medical practice in general, and in obstetric, pediatric, and family practice in particular.


Genetic Counseling Prenatal Diagnosis Familial Mediterranean Fever Neural Tube Defect Artificial Insemination 
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  • Aubrey Milunsky
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  1. 1.Departments of Pediatrics, Obstetrics-Gynecology, and Pathology, Center for Human GeneticsBoston University School of MedicineBostonUSA

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