August 1961

Principles of Human Genetics.

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By Curt Stern. Price, $9.50. Pp. 753, with 265 illustrations. W. H. Freeman and Company, 660 Market St., San Francisco, 1960.

Am J Dis Child. 1961;102(2):287-288. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1961.02080010289025

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The second edition of Professor Stern's text amply fulfills its author's avowed purpose "to serve many masters," geneticists, physicians, educators, psychologists, anthropologists, and social workers. Dr. Stern has made clear the basic mechanisms and laws of genetics and has applied them, in straightforward, logical, and thorough fashion, to man. The style is concise and lucid so that the entire book is easy to understand and interesting to read. The illustrations are plentiful and clear. At the end of each chapter is a complete bibliography, as well as a series of questions, the answers to which require a thorough grasp by the reader of the material in the preceding chapter.

However, it seems to me a pity that the author did not see fit to consider at least briefly the fundamental contributions that have in recent years probed into the nature of the gene and its action. I refer specifically to

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