This book could do a great deal to enhance genetic literacy. It deserves to be read widely by students of human genetics at all levels, by primary care providers and practitioners in all specialties, by genetic counselors, and by anyone who has wondered whether they or their children are at risk for a disease affecting a family member.
Journal of Clinical Investigation
For clinicians, the impact of genetics on clinical practice outside the specialist area of the rare single gene disorders (or the Mendelian subsets of some of the common ones) has so far been small, but this will soon start to change and they will have to master the complexities of genetic and environmental interactions. Whilst Reilly's book is no substitute for proper professional development programmes, its clarity and its easy and accessible style will help them meet this challenge and provide sensible advice.
Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine
I very much enjoyed reading this book. It gives an up to date summary of the knowledge regarding genetic risk for common disease and disorders, is written very clearly and contains a large amount of information that is easy to find. To my knowledge, the information provided is factually correct and an excellent condensation of the primary literature (33 pages of primary literature and further information are provided at the back of the book). It tries to avoid jargon and byandlarge achieves this....In conclusion, this is a very readable book that I will recommend to friends and colleagues who are interested in the area of genetics, medicine and public health.
The title of this book is really at the heart of so much public interest in current biomedical research. Its intent is to make much of this current research into the genetics of common disease comprehensible to those people most affected by potential genetic risk factorspatients and their families. The subheadings for each of the sections are derived from the private questions that Dr. Reilly gets after his public lectures about conditions specific to their families, and can be generically stated as Is it in my genes?. In this sense, the book provides an antidote to one of the greatest failings of medical educationthe general lack of knowledge among practicing physicians about the role of genetics in a variety of conditions. And it is a very readable and concise antidote that will help the general population and clinicians get a better handle on what is known and how to use this information...
All of the sections are beautifully written, making even the most complex answers accessible to the general reader, the clinician and geneticist who want a quick introduction to a new disease. References are given that can lead the reader to more technical information.
Reilly’s book provides an entrée for information into many common disorders that have a genetic component; it is userfriendly and accurate, and the descriptions of the disorders are specifically targeted at lay readers. Although books such as these often seem to be dated almost as soon as they are published, it is their central themes that must persevere if they are to succeed. In this, Reilly has had the success that comes from careful planning. For those disorders for which I have the most familiarity, I found their discussions to be almost universally accurate and the advice provided appropriate and likely to be useful for years to come. Another strength of the book is its comprehensiveness in covering a wide range of adult and pediatric disorders.
The Quarterly Review of Biology