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April 1969

Humangenetik: Ein kurzes Handbuch in fuenf Baenden, vol 1/1.

Arch Intern Med. 1969;123(4):482. doi:10.1001/archinte.1969.00300140128051

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This "short" handbook of human genetics has now grown to occupy 7½ inches along the library shelf and, when it is completed, will occupy 11 inches, four times the space taken by Gray's Anatomy. Already peripatetic comments have poked fun at its weight, outlandish language, and high price, but its comprehensiveness, penetration, and scholarly approach deserve praise and serious study now while fundamental knowledge of genetics increases at unprecedented speed. At last, the first part of the introductory volume appears, four years after the second volume and ten years after the beginning of the project.

Volume one, part one, describes first the terminology and the methods used for the study of human genetics. Geneticists no longer deal with the complicated practical problems and applications of newer genetic information alone, because now psychologists, sociologists, attorneys, and others find this information essential for their work too. Thus the fundamental orientation is available

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