August 1973

Humangenetik: Ein kurzes Handbuch in fünf Bänden.

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By Peter Emil Becker. Price, DM 248. Pp 571. Georg Thieme Verlag, 7 Stuttgart #1, Box 732, Herdweg 63, Germany, 1972.

Arch Intern Med. 1973;132(2):303. doi:10.1001/archinte.1973.03650080145051

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This is the third portion of an ambitious work on human genetics which bears the misleading subtitle "A short handbook in five volumes." Actually, this is section four of volume 1 and is intended to be the second half of the discussion concerning blood groups. The three contributors, from the Universities of Heidelberg and Munich, have assembled a wealth of data from all over the world. The first section (105 pages of text and 22 pages of bibliography) is entitled "General foundations and formal genetics," and the second (229 pp and 30 pp bibliography) bears the title "Population genetics and statistics." The final 168 pages (in very fine type) consist of computer print-outs of studies of the association of ABO blood groups and diseases.

This compilation undoubtedly is the most comprehensive of its kind. If you need to know whether a person having hemorrhoids is more likely to have a

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