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September 22, 1993

Genetics in Obstetrics and Gynecology

Author Affiliations

Brown University Women and Infants Hospital Providence, RI

JAMA. 1993;270(12):1479-1480. doi:10.1001/jama.1993.03510120103042

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In this new edition Drs Simpson and Golbus propose "to provide a practical volume on genetics and teratology as it relates to the clinical practice of obstetrics and gynecology." The degree to which the authors succeed in presenting just that far exceeds this rather unassuming raison d'être. They acknowledge in their preface that they don't intend to offer an exhaustive treatise on all genetic information of interest to all obstetricians and gynecologists. What they have provided is a tightly edited volume that speaks much louder than its relatively short 350 pages might indicate.

It is my habit to divide medical information into three broad categories. The first is information that is immediately useful and will directly help me to provide high-quality care to my patients. The second is information that may not be of immediate utility in my practice but provides a fuller understanding of processes and pathophysiology. The third