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July 23, 1982

Genetic Issues in Pediatric and Obstetric Practice

Author Affiliations

East Carolina University School of Medicine Greenville, NC


edited by Michael M. Kaback (conference, San Francisco), 604 pp, with illus, $59.75, Chicago, Year Book Medical Publishers Inc, 1981.

JAMA. 1982;248(4):477-478. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330040065043

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This book is a collection of the papers presented at a conference held in San Francisco sponsored by the Department of Pediatrics, University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, and the Institute for Pediatric Service of Johnson and Johnson Baby Products Company. The chapters were written by outstanding workers in their respective specialty areas, and, as is expected in such a collection, there is variability in the literary style and content of each presentation.

There is little overlap of the material, and Dr Kaback has performed an excellent editorial service in presenting it in five sections. Section 1 on hereditary diseases and congenital defects offers a review of Mendelian inheritance, multifactorial disease, autosomal and sex chromosomal abnormalities, and some epidemiology and information on the incidence of birth defects. Section 2 is concerned with birth defects and heritable disorders in the neonate, infant, and child and includes discussions