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August 14, 1972

Textbook of Human Genetics

Author Affiliations

University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry Rochester, NY


by Max Levitan and Ashley Montagu, 922 pp, with illus, $15, Oxford University Press, 1971.

JAMA. 1972;221(7):718. doi:10.1001/jama.1972.03200200064034

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Until recently, there have been but a few textbooks on human or medical genetics. Of the relative plethora of texts that have appeared during the past several years, few can claim to be even modestly comprehensive. This truly comprehensive text will be welcomed by those whose needs have not been met by the primers previously available.

Although of dual authorship, the style of writing is uniformly good and clearly reflects experience in teaching human genetics. The text is abundantly illustrated, well referenced, and contains many tables and figures reproduced from relevant original publications. Quite unique and of considerable value to students is the extensive collection of photographs of leading geneticists, both past and contemporary.

The first three chapters are generally devoted to basic cytology, gametogenesis, and cytogenetics, a subject area too vast to be adequately presented in the first 139 pages.

In Chapters 4 through 7, the main topics are