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April 1958

Heritable Disorders of Connective Tissue.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1958;101(4):836. doi:10.1001/archinte.1958.00260160160018

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The large majority of medical books published today are made up to a great extent of information copied from other books, monographs, and papers. Sometimes this gives us a wise distillate. Often it simply reiterates error which is long established. Many books are the musty dregs of stale data and outmoded ideas. There is a majestic inertia about communicating in medicine. Only rarely do we find a book written by someone who has made real contributions to clinical medicine through an analysis of the natural history of disease, the thoughtful study of kindreds with heritable diseases, and the evolution of a fruitful synthesis from such studies and observations. Such we have in McKusick's book entitled "Heritable Disorders of Connective Tissue." Using Sir Archibald E. Garrod, Jonathan Hutchinson, and Parkes Weber as his mentors and guides, he has explored the realms of heritable diseases of the connective tissue, inborn errors of

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