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March 29, 1965

Genetics for the Clinician

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By C. A. Clarke. 2nd ed. 377 pp, 85 illus. $9. F. A. Davis Co., 1914 Cherry St, Philadelphia 3, 1964

JAMA. 1965;191(13):1088. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03080130048025

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Human Genetics.  By Victor A. McKusick, 148 pp, with illus. $2.95, paper; $4.95, cloth. Prentice-Hall, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, 1964The rapid upsurge of interest in genetics among clinicians in the last decade has brought forth a number of textbooks in the field of medical genetics. In this area Dr. Clarke's text has admirably filled a needed role in informing the physician about basic concepts and the problems that are of practical interest.The first eight chapters present the groundwork, without which the beginner will have difficulty in approaching a problem in human genetics; here he becomes acquainted with the simple rules of mendelian genetics, the nature of the gene, human cytogenetics, the concepts of linkage and gene interactions, and the rudiments of population genetics. The last chapter introduces the elementary ideas in statistics which are of paramount importance in many areas of genetics.The remaining chapters deal with the many

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