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January 1969

The Genetics of Dermal Ridges.

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By Sarah B. Holt, BSc, PhD. Price, $15.75. Pp 167, with 63 figures and 36 tables. Charles C Thomas, Publisher, 301-327 E Lawrence Ave, Springfield, Ill 62703, 1968.

Arch Intern Med. 1969;123(1):111. doi:10.1001/archinte.1969.00300110113042

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Geneticist Sarah B. Holt has written a scholarly text correlating human genetics and dermatoglyphics. The first of three major divisions leads the uninitiated reader through the unfamiliar terrain of dermal ridges. A plethora of clear diagrams illuminates the way. Section 2 deals with the quantitative genetics of dermatoglyphics, and section 3 is a fascinating discussion which correlates developmental abnormalities with distortions in dermal ridging. This is a unique book, revealing one of the lesser known bridges between genetics and clinical medicine.

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