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July 4, 1936

The Treasury of Human Inheritance

JAMA. 1936;107(1):68. doi:10.1001/jama.1936.02770270070031

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A valuable service both to medical men and to those interested in genetics has been performed by the Galton Laboratory of the University of London in compiling the series of publications known collectively as the "Treasury of Human Inheritance." The study on the inheritance of peroneal atrophy brings together a large amount of material and crystallizes knowledge concerning the heredity of this interesting malady. The age of onset was found by Bell to vary widely, each affected family providing a study in itself and tending to have its individual characteristics from the point of view of clinical symptoms, resulting disability, and age of onset. It is interesting to note that individuals of the same sibship tend to be affected at about the same period, often in the same year, of life. Attention is called to the fact that in some cases the first symptoms may be noted in the hands

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