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December 1979

Birth Defects Compendium

Arch Ophthalmol. 1979;97(12):2401. doi:10.1001/archopht.1979.01020020605029

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Abstract

All ophthalmic practitioners should seriously consider buying this book because its price is relatively modest and it contains a tremendous amount of clinically pertinent material.

"Birth defects" include any anatomic or functional deviation from the normal range, whether inherited by any Mendelian mode or caused by a new mutation, any chromosomal aberration, or any other gestational insult to the conceptus. Four hundred twenty-five authors, 21 assistant editors, and 22 associate editors contributed to this compendium. There are three sections. The first is an atlas containing 108 color pictures, a black and white illustration of the inner canthal region, and a page of ear drawings. Section 2 presents 1,005 disorders, each of which is discussed in a uniform format covering synonyms, minimal diagnostic criteria, clinical findings, complications, causes, pathogenesis, related facts (recurrent risks, frequency, and others), treatment, prognosis, carrier detection, special considerations, and references. The final section consists of about 30

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