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September 1973

The Metabolic Basis Of Inherited Disease.

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Philadelphia

 

By John B. Stanbury, MD; James B. Wyngaarden, MD; and Donald S. Fredrickson, MD. Price, $45. Pp 1778. McGraw-Hill Book Co, 330 W 42nd St, New York 10036, 1972.

Arch Intern Med. 1973;132(3):458-459. doi:10.1001/archinte.1973.03650090128030

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Abstract

This book is one of our contemporary medical bibles. It needs no introduction; those who have frequent need of it know it very well, and those who use it less often seek it out on the library shelf when problems arise. The book is truly encyclopedic. Everything relevant discovered during the six-year intervals between publication finds its way into these pages. By today's standards, its 1,778 closely packed small-print pages are a bargain.

The mutant gene is both hero and villain in this book. It is reponsible for the biochemical abnormality that results in disease, no matter how rare a given abnormality may be. By the same token, however, it is truly an experiment of nature, shedding light on fundamental metabolic sequences and biologic mechanisms. This volume, more than most, explains the contributions of the laboratory to clinical medicine.

Each chapter seems to have been rewritten, so that the exciting

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