Medicine, Genetics, and Genetic Counseling



Richard J. King

Faculty of Medicine, University of Garyounis, Benghazi.

Garyounis Medical Journal Vol. 1, No.1. January 1978:55-57


Genetics is important in modem clinical practice because some human diseases are of clearly genetic origin, because some inherited traits predispose to disease, and because inherited diseases tend to increase in prevalence as environmental conditions improve. An understanding of genetics is especially helpful in dealing with the family or, when inbreeding occurs, with the clan. However, effective genetic counseling depends upon avoiding problems and meeting preconditions which are discussed.

Keywords: Medicine, Genetics, and Genetic Counseling