Genetic Counselling: Practice and PrinciplesBMJ 1994; 309 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.309.6951.419 (Published 06 August 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:419
- I D Young
Ed Angus Clarke, Routledge, £13.99, pp 266, ISBN 0-415-08258-7
Why does genetic counselling arouse such strong emotions? Here we have an applied clinical science whose practitioners have striven for decades to maintain a non-controversial stance. Horror at the excesses of prewar eugenics movements and an unshakable belief in the principle of non- directive counselling have been the cornerstones of clinical genetic services throughout the Western world. Yet rarely a day passes without media attention. Where here we gone wrong?
Perhaps we have become complacent. A prevailing …