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October 1961

Recent Advances in Human Genetics

Arch Intern Med. 1961;108(4):653-654. doi:10.1001/archinte.1961.03620100145031

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It is a happy duty to greet the publication of Dr. Penrose's latest contribution to the literature of genetics, a compact and concentrated, yet very readable compendium of recent advances in human genetics. In this volume, Penrose, the Galton Professor of Eugenics at the University College in London, treats several difficult subjects that are infrequently gathered into chapters in genetics texts because of the paragenetic position they occupy. For this purpose Prof. Penrose chose an excellent and well-qualified group of collaborators, evenly matched in skill of presenting difficult material in a comprehensive, yet concise and understandable fashion. D. G. Harnden, a frequent contributor to the Lancet, describes the recent advances in chromosome research. This is a valuable précis of our knowledge to date, with an excellent exposition of standard techniques employed as well as the practical application. Clinicians will find this the most useful summary of the subject; it may

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