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February 1981

Human Genetics: Problems and Approaches

Author Affiliations

State University of New York Upstate Medical Center 750 E Adams St Syracuse, NY 13210


by Friedrich Vogel and Arno G. Motulsky, 700 pp, $49.50, Secaucus, NJ, Springer Verlag, 1979.

Am J Dis Child. 1981;135(2):188-189. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1981.02130260074028

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Drs Vogel and Motulsky have produced a massive and scholarly reference work in human genetics in part because they both spent a year at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford, Calif. Dr Vogel had published a textbook in German in 1961 and he states that parts of it were still useful for the 1979 book.

The book begins with a section on the history of human genetics, a refreshing introduction that sorts out some of the politicoscientific events of the last 50 years that have molded the field. There follow chapters on human cytogenetics, the formal genetics of man, gene action, mutation, population genetics, human evolution, genetics and human behavior, and finally practical applications of human genetics and the biological future of mankind. The chapter on human cytogenetics is marred by crude sketches designed to show the main clinical features of the most frequent aneuploid

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