An essential guide to this major contemporary issue, Consanguinity
in Context is a uniquely comprehensive account of intra-familial
marriage. Detailed information on past and present religious,
social and legal practices and prohibitions is presented as a
backdrop to the preferences and beliefs of the 1100+ million people
in consanguineous unions. Chapters on population genetics, and the
role of consanguinity in reproductive behaviour and genetic
variation, set the scene for critical analyses of the influence of
consanguinity on health in the early years of life. The discussion
on consanguinity and disorders of adulthood is the first review of
its kind and is particularly relevant given the ageing of the
global population. Incest is treated as a separate issue, with
historical and present-day examples examined. The final three
chapters deal in detail with practical issues, including genetic
testing, education and counselling, national and international
legislation and imperatives, and the future of consanguineous
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