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Book and Media Reviews
April 19, 2006

Genetic Medicine

JAMA. 2006;295(15):1840-1845. doi:10.1001/jama.295.15.1841

The publicity surrounding the human genome project has brought awareness of the importance of genetics in the etiology of human diseases. The majority of the public now have heard about DNA and its utility in medical and forensic settings. Moments of Truth in Genetic Medicine highlights advances in human genetics from 1950 to 1980.

In the introduction, Susan Lindee gives a brief overview of the beginnings of human genetics in the United States. The overview does not fully reflect the stature of the early geneticists. For example, in writing about the first editorial board of the American Journal of Human Genetics, the author describes Alexander Wiener (misspelled as Weiner) as a Brooklyn hematologist but does not mention that he was the codiscoverer of the Rh blood group system.

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