November 26, 1973

Pathobiology of Development, or Ontogeny Revisited

Author Affiliations

University of Oregon Medical School Portland


edited by E. V. D. Perrin, Milton J. Finegold, Joel G. Brunson (symposium, Cincinnati, 1972), 151 pp, with illus, $19.75, Williams & Wilkins Co., 1973.

JAMA. 1973;226(9):1124-1125. doi:10.1001/jama.1973.03230090048029

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This book, a symposium under the joint sponsorship of the American Association of Pathologists and Bacteriologists and the Pediatric Pathology Club, serves biologists, oncologists of all disciplines, geneticists, and pediatricians, in addition to academic pathologists.

The first lecture is Warkany's history of teratologic research "limited to the last 8,000 years." This summary of our heritage supplies insight into present attitudes about monsters and anomalies. Are our minds broad enough to visualize the fields of our knowledge? Could this be why some scientists pursue an ever-narrowing spiral of investigation rather than explore the new worlds before them?

Wilson, writing on principles of teratology, appears unnecessarily complex though basic. Central to the study of development is the natural control of growth. What directs normal differential development with its delicate and critical timing? Saxen begins to invade this field, and Holtzer and Kretchmer further attack the heart of the subject and try to