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June 1968

Handbook of Congenital Malformations.

Arch Intern Med. 1968;121(6):577. doi:10.1001/archinte.1968.03640060091027

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This book is aimed at the practicing physician, with social workers, educators, and physical rehabilitation personnel as a secondary target. Within this frame of reference it does as good a job as a survey of this magnitude could encompass within 398 pages. The editor has obviously worked diligently; his 22 contributors are men of distinction in their chosen fields. Many have international reputations.

There are over 700 entries, arranged dictionary-wise by organ systems. Style is simple, writing concise, and there is an amazing evenness to the book only possible with such a large number of contributors when the editor himself has been interested in every chapter. Each syndrome or entity is named, with alternate names where they exist. A brief description follows, followed by a notation of the prevalence of the anomaly; heredity factors are described, brief references to treatment outlined, and references given.

My chief criticism is directed at

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