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March 18, 1968

Abnormal Sexual Development: A Genetic and Endocrine Approach to Differential Diagnosis

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by Daniel D. Federman, 206 pp, with illustrations by Sidney J. Rosenthal, $8.75, Philadelphia and London: W. B. Saunders Co., 1967.

JAMA. 1968;203(12):1077. doi:10.1001/jama.1968.03140120075033

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Federman's Abnormal Sexual Development is a happy exception to the general rule that most books ought to be condensed to about one third of their size. In fact, this small volume could well be expanded into a larger work. Even if it was twice its size it would still hold the readers' interest.

The author has taken subjects which are not easy to make either clear or interesting and has integrated descriptions of their clinical pictures with recent genetic and endocrinologic data. He has not only presented his material concisely but in doing so has written with a style that makes the text a pleasure to read. He guides the uninitiated reader through some rather dense cytogenetic jungles in a manner possible only for one who knows his subject thoroughly. The chapter on cellular division and the production of chromosomal errors is an example of clarity of scientific writing that