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Books, Journals, New Media
October 13, 2004

Genetics, History

Author Affiliations

Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor.

JAMA. 2004;292(14):1754-1760. doi:10.1001/jama.292.14.1757

Landmarks in Medical Genetics, edited by Peter S. Harper, is an excellent book that should be mandatory reading not only for all trainees in genetics but for all fellows embarking on career in academic medicine. The articles collected in this text are a testament to thoughtful observation and careful description. While they center on the theme of medical genetics, the lessons learned from them could be applied by any clinical or wet-bench investigator.

Harper is professor of medicine and head of department of the Institute of Medical Genetics, University of Wales College of Medicine. He has collected and reprinted 47 articles, grouped into eight overlapping and somewhat arbitrary sections; each article could probably fit into several sections. However, the sectional groupings provide themes, helping readers to put the articles into larger contexts within genetics.

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