Build the foundation you need to understand the science of genetics and its growing role in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and disorders. Two experts in the field present the biological, psychological, and social implications of genetic influences in health care in an easy-to-read and -understand style. Inside, you'll find the thorough coverage and clinical examples you need to understand the basis of genetic inheritance, the influence of somatic and germline mutations, the multifactorial relationship of gene-environment interactions, and the foundation of ethical behavior in providing comprehensive genetic nursing care. It's perfect for both stand-alone courses or integrated into courses across the curriculum. It includes information on how to perform beginning genetic assessments, including the development of a three generation pedigree for identification of genetic risks. It focuses on the genetic factors influencing the most common health problems. It organizes disorders using a lifespan approach. It integrates online resources including National Human Genome Research Institute, Science Behind the News, and Genetest to help visualize the content. It features content on clinical disorders, genetic testing, ethics, genetic discrimination, and the roles of healthcare professionals. It uses a consistent organization in every chapter that includes case presentations, clinical manifestations/assessment findings, interpretation of laboratory data, risks, potential complications, and nursing care needs.