December 1977

Recognizable Patterns of Human Malformations

Author Affiliations

University of Florida College of Medicine Tampa, FL 33620


by David W. Smith, 504 pp, 515 illus, $18.50, WB Saunders Co, 1976.

Am J Dis Child. 1977;131(12):1411-1412. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1977.02120250093027

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Atlas of the Face in Genetic Disorders, by Richard M. Goodman and Robert J. Gorlin, 586 pp, 1,181 illus, $57.50, CV Mosby Co, 1977.

It has been nine years since the National Institutes of Health published a book of 83 syndromes edited by Gellis and Feingold. Since that time, many books of syndromes and dysmorphology have appeared. Computers have been programmed to diagnose funny appearing children, and many pediatricians have developed private collections of photographs to help diagnose that child who appears "just like that child I saw six years ago."

For practical application of syndromes of dysmorphology, the first edition of Smith's book is among the most widely used. The present edition with 225 syndromes compared with the original 135 will be even more useful. Syndromes are categorized by major system abnormality, supplemented by two excellent indices. One of these, listed as an appendix, is a comprehensive listing of

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