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November 1971

Essentials of Medical Genetics.

Am J Dis Child. 1971;122(5):462. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1971.02110050132026

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This little book is developed by the author from an introductory series of lectures in genetics for medical students, and still retains the use of the first and second person here and there. According to the preface, it includes what the author considers the requisites for understanding contemporary developments in the field, and the presentation reflects his convictions that the new is based on the old and that basic science and clinical genetics are interrelated, not separate disciplines. The convictions are admirable but it seems unfortunate that they not infrequently lead to the use of illustrative examples from Drosophila, mice, and plants which, in my experience tend to make medical students "turn off." There is now no lack of relevant examples from man, the most relevant animal. The choice of material for inclusion, and relative emphases in such a text is partly a matter of taste, and I am afraid

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