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Book Reviews and Other Media
May 2001

Metabolic Diseases: Foundations of Clinical Management, Genetics and Pathology

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ABRAHAMBERGMANMD

 

by Enid Gilbert-Barness, MD, MBBS, FRCPA, and Lewis A. Barness, MD, Vol I, 441 pp, with illus, and Vol II, 446 pp, with illus, ISBN 1-881299-11-2, Natick, Mass, Eaton Publishing, 2000.

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2001;155(5):621-622. doi:10.1001/archpedi.155.5.621

Ever since the great child care physician, Alexander Garrod, coined the term inborn errors of metabolism and thereby became the Father of Chemical Genetics, there has been a need for a book that integrates the cornerstones of the field—namely, clinical medicine, pathology, biochemistry/nutrition, and genetics. A variety of other books, including The Metabolic and Molecular Bases of Inherited Disease, have attempted to present this knowledge but have achieved variable success because of the complexity of the subject matter and heterogeneity of authors and writing styles. On the other hand, Drs Enid Gilbert-Barness and Lew Barness have married their intellectual and writing talents to produce what will become the "Bible of Biochemical Genetics." As in the case of the Good Book, there are 2 components (volumes), but both can be considered the New Testament because of the contemporary, comprehensive descriptions of hereditary metabolic disorders.

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