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March 1972

The Face in Genetic Disorders.

Author Affiliations

Los Angeles

Arch Intern Med. 1972;129(3):507. doi:10.1001/archinte.1972.00320030127026

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This is an attempt to focus the physician's attention on facial abnormalities occurring in a variety of genetic disorders. The authors have selected well, and have achieved their purposes to a great extent. Descriptive and historical data accompanying each set of pictures is brief but adShortequate.

The book can be read quickly or used as a reference atlas. Shortcomings are minor and may only reflect personal preferences. For example, there is a shifting from descriptive terms to scientific in the text. This may be disconcerting to some readers. In the family history (page 3, para 2 ff), the diagnostic importance of family history is perhaps overemphasized. While family history is important in any case, and perhaps more important in genetic disorders, the signs and symptoms presented by the patient (and laboratory data) are always bound to be the necessary determinants in diagnosis, whether or not a positive history of genetic

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