April 1973

Mental Retardation: An Atlas of Diseases With Associated Physical Abnormalities.

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By Lewis B Holmes, MD; Hugo W Moser, MD; Saevar Halldorsson, MD; Cornelia Mack, MS; Shyam S Pant, MD; Benjamin Matzilevich, MD. Price, $28. Pp 430. Macmillan Co, 866 Third Ave, New York 10022, 1972.

Am J Dis Child. 1973;125(4):627-628. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1973.04160040121034

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This new volume should provide considerable assistance to professionals and students in medicine and the health-related professions who may be involved with the diagnosis and/or management of clients with mental retardation. Trying to recall in which eponymic, alphabetical, or otherwise labeled syndrome to fit clients one sees with mental retardation associated with unusual facial features and other physical malformations, has become a monumental task. There will, of course, still be many patients who have a unique and perhaps fortuitous group of findings, or where the syndrome has not yet been described, or where pathognomonic laboratory findings have not yet been uncovered that might permit classification into a broadened spectrum of an already described entity. Despite the concern of this volume with the "smaller portion of the mentally retarded, those with associated physical abnormalities," this is no mere academic and esoteric exercise for the clinician who has the responsibility for the patient and his family.

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