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July 1968

Medical Cytogenetics.

Arch Intern Med. 1968;122(1):86-87. doi:10.1001/archinte.1968.00300060088030

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These authors have undertaken the Herculean task of attempting an encyclopedic survey of medical cytogenetics together with a number of ancillary fields. The book is divided into four parts. The first discusses basic genetics and cytogenetics, including a perhaps unnecessarily detailed section on techniques. The second part covers aberrations of the sex chromosomes as well as attempting a full discussion of the embryology of the human urogenital system and intersexual states. Part three contains almost a case-by-case discussion of the autosomal anomalies which have been described in man. The fourth section is a catch-all which considers cytogenetics in relation to radiation, viruses, drugs, tumors, and abortion.

As might be expected, this brave attempt has failed. One would suspect this is due to the immense and varied subject matter which they found it necessary to discuss. Such excursions led them often unfortunately into areas where they were not prepared to handle

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