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October 15, 1960

GENETICS AND THE PHYSICIAN

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San Fernando Valley State College Northridge, Calif.

JAMA. 1960;174(7):888. doi:10.1001/jama.1960.03030070066019

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Abstract

Unless the physician has attempted to familiarize himself with genetics and to keep pace with its rapidly changing concepts and theories, he is likely to prove a source of misinformation to his patients, quite unwittingly. It is typical of people in general, in our conforming world, that they accept unquestionably the word of authority, regardless of the validity of that word. For the layman, the physician is the authority on human genetics, whether he is familiar with it or not. One of the things anyone exposed to a little genetics is likely to know is that, since brown eyes are dominant and blue eyes recessive, obviously two blue-eyed parents cannot have brown-eyed children. This has been taught for many years, in high school science courses and in some college genetics courses. Fortunately, for the peace of mind of such brown-eyed offspring, a modern understanding of the biochemical relationships of the

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