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January 1974

The Journal of Investigative Dermatology. Special Issue on Cutaneous Genetics

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Arch Dermatol. 1974;109(1):113. doi:10.1001/archderm.1974.01630010077040

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This volume of approximately 220 pages is worth every penny it costs and is a "must" for dermatologists who have even a remote interest in genetics of the skin and skin disorders. This reviewer readily admits to being highly prejudiced, for he too was greatly influenced by Cockayne's text, published in 1933, titled Inherited Abnormalities of the Skin.

The book is a veritable salmagundi. It is inaugurated by a charmingly written article by Victor McKusick, who brought about the renaissance in modern human genetics. He discusses what has happened to skin genetics over the 38 years since Cockayne's text was published. This article is followed by extremely concise summary articles on basic human genetics by E.N. Porter and D. Martin Carter. While necessarily abbreviated, if digested by the reader, this information will go a long way toward enabling him to understand the genetic terms that are in common parlance. Clever

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