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June 22, 1964

The Porphyrias: A Story of Inheritance and Environment

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Rochester, Minn

JAMA. 1964;188(12):1092. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03060380060035

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The Porphyries has an orderly presentation of data and is written in an agreeable style that is easily understood. The book is concise and unique; its uniqueness reflects the author's considerable industry in tracing the members of 14 generations of one family, many of whom suffered from porphyria. The author gives attention to the problem of porphyria in South Africa, but this should not obscure the earlier contributions in this field by his predecessors, especially Dr. H. D. Barnes.

One objection is the reliance on the terms "porphyria variegata" and "the South African type of porphyria," to describe the variant with which the author appears to have had greatest clinical experience. Since porphyria is an international disease, it would be unwieldy to utilize terminology founded on national origin. Most workers with a special interest in porphyria find no difficulty in retaining the acute type in the classification. Also, minimal dispute

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