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November 1977

Atlas of the Face in Genetic Disorders

Arch Dermatol. 1977;113(11):1604. doi:10.1001/archderm.1977.01640110124026

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The purpose of this atlas is to aid the clinician in making a diagnosis of a genetic disorder on the basis of certain distinguishing facial features. The number of syndromes recorded in the second edition is almost triple that in the first edition. A tremendous amount of information is presented to assist the reader in the quest for a specific diagnosis.

An introductory section on genetic inheritance and counseling details the importance of the family history, the modes of genetic transmission, and, most importantly, an integral part of the treatment both to the patient and to his family—genetic counseling. The embryology of the face and precise methods of head and facial measurements are presented briefly. Guidelines and definitions on the classification, nomenclature, and naming of morphologic defects are proposed.

Genetic disorders of the face are recorded either alphabetically or by an increasing chromosomal number and according to the various modes

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