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Am J Med Genet C Semin Med Genet. 2006 Nov 15;142C(4):269-75.

Defining and redefining the scope and goals of genetic counseling.

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Hereditary Cancer Clinic, 1221 Madison #1220, Seattle, WA 98104, USA.


Many definitions of genetic counseling have been proposed since Sheldon Reed first defined the term in 1947. This study reviews selected definitions of genetic counseling including the most recent definition proposed by a committee of the National Society of Genetic Counselors. The analysis focuses on the professional background of who was formulating the definition; the reasons why the definition was created; medical, historical, and social factors; and the definer's implicit or explicit goals of genetic counseling. No definition of genetic counseling is ideal, and any definition can only reflect the values, ethics, goals, and medical practices of the person or group defining the practice of genetic counseling.

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