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July 1964

Humangenetik: A Handbook in Five Volumes.

Arch Intern Med. 1964;114(1):173-175. doi:10.1001/archinte.1964.03860070219049
Abstract

To be truthful, the reviewer somehow lacked the courage to render an exact translation of the title of this treatise; the complete equivalent of the German title would read: "... A Short Handbook in Five Volumes." For most English-speaking physicians—piqued to begin with because of language difficulties—this title would be the occasion for a good laugh at another "typical" example of German scholarship and false academic humility (at a characteristic price): a short handbook in five volumes indeed! The title alone suffices to conjure visions of the old German Geheimrat type, with all the undemocratic overtones which this almost epithetical term has acquired in Anglo-American biological and medical circles; a professor, perhaps, who has succeeded during his long hardworking lifetime (never a day's vacation) to extract all possible labor and knowledge out of a large withered horde of servile Assistenten, Dozenten, Privatdozenten, and finally Extraordinarii, whom he has survived successfully in

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