Genetic Counseling

  • John J. Frey
  • Louis E. Bartoshesky


Genetic counseling has an increasingly prominent place in society as the pathophysiology of inherited disease is elucidated and the technology to diagnose and treat that disease becomes more sophisticated. Family physicians need to understand principles of inherited disease and the process of information gathering in order to obtain accurate data. With these data the family physician can talk with clinical geneticists and professional counselors about risk probabilities and statistical choices. As in many aspects of medical practice, the family physician is the advocate/translator/advisor for the family within the complex system of medical care. The more informed the family physician, the more truly comprehensive is his/her care of the family.


Genetic Counseling Down Syndrome Family Physician Prenatal Diagnosis Neural Tube Defect 
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  • John J. Frey
  • Louis E. Bartoshesky

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