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June 26, 1972

Genetic Rounds

Author Affiliations

New York Hospital—Cornell University Medical Center New York

JAMA. 1972;220(13):1743-1744. doi:10.1001/jama.1972.03200130071023

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To the Editor.—  Medical genetics rounds were instituted in this hospital in 1963 shortly after the Division of Human Genetics was established in the Department of Pediatrics. Because the system we have developed may interest others, and also because our experience provides some idea of the amount and kind of genetic disease among patients in a large university medical center, we submit this note describing these rounds.Each week on the evening before rounds, a physician from the human genetics laboratory visits the pediatrics wards and learns which patients with genetic disorders are hospitalized. (The presence in the hospital of patients with the common polygenically-determined developmental defects such as cleft palate or congenital heart disease usually are not noted.) The following morning he presents a brief clinical description and genetic history of each patient to the group of eight to ten persons attending rounds. The genetic disorders mentioned are discussed