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November 30, 1963

Congenital Abnormalities in Infancy.

JAMA. 1963;186(9):875-876. doi:10.1001/jama.1963.03710090075029

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The relative importance of congenital anomalies has increased considerably as the infant mortality rate from other causes has decreased. This book, therefore, will be popular among those interested in the diagnosis and management of congenital abnormalities, particularly since it contains a remarkable amount of information not readily available elsewhere. The editor notes in his preface that he has attempted to limit the scope of the book "to anomalies apparent, by and large, in the first weeks of life," and the book's ten chapters are mainly by contributors with "special knowledge of the newborn."

The first chapter, on incidence and etiology, by C. O. Carter, contains an excellent, concise discussion on the incidence of congenital anomalies and their environmental and genetic determination, as well as the general principles of genetic counseling. In successive chapters congenital abnormalities are described under the various organ systems. A final chapter by A. White Franklin, devoted

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