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Published: 29 August 2008

304 Pages | 80 illus.

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195300161

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Genetics of Obesity Syndromes

Philip R. Beales, I. Sadaf Farooqi, and Stephen O'Rahilly

Oxford Monographs on Medical Genetics

Obesity is one of the most important contributors to disease throughout the world and an area of great current interest among researchers and clinicians. The genetics of common obesity is complex and far from resolved. However, an important view thread through the labyrinth is the study of well-described genetic syndromes (often involving mental retardation and a constellation of other disorders) in which obesity is a major component. By examining the genetic mechanisms of obesity in these syndromes, the authors shed light on the genetics of common obesity. This book is the first in this new area and covers both the molecular and clinical features of the obesity syndromes, providing hard-core information for research and practical guidance for clinicians caring for obesity patients.

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