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April 1976

The Prevention of Genetic Disease and Mental Retardation

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Rochester, Minn

Arch Dermatol. 1976;112(4):573-574. doi:10.1001/archderm.1976.01630280083052

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Twenty-four distinguished physicians and geneticists have contributed 20 outstanding chapters, an appendix on heterozygote detection in biochemical disorders of metabolism, and 1,700 references providing an up-to-date review of medical genetics. The book also excellently presents several of the important social and ethical issues confronting mankind as a result of rapidly developing techniques and new discoveries in genetics. Not only are the authors experts in their respective fields, but they also have written succinctly and well. Regardless of specialty, this is what a genetic text for physicians should be like.

Genetics is a rapidly evolving field of new techniques and new treatments that will necessarily affect us professionally and personally. We need to know about carrier and heterozygote detection, the prevention of genetic disorders, treatment in genetic diseases, and genetic counseling. Physicians would be well served to read the chapter on the economics of prenatal genetic diagnosis from the point

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