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February 1962

Genetics and Ophthalmology, Vol. I.

Author Affiliations

By P. J. Waardenburg, M.D., former Lecturer in Medical Genetics, University of Utrecht and Leyden; A. Franceschetti, M.D., Professor of Ophthalmology, University of Geneva, and D. Klein, M.D., Professor of Human Genetics, University of Geneva. Pp. 992, with 797 figures. Charles C Thomas, Publisher, 301-327 E. Lawrence Ave., Springfield, Ill.; Royal VanGorcum, Publisher, Assen, Netherlands; Blackwell Scientific Publications, Ltd., Oxford, England, 1961.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1962;67(2):272. doi:10.1001/archopht.1962.00960020274017

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In this, the first of 2 proposed volumes devoted to the study of genetically controlled anomalies and diseases of the eye, the authors discuss defects originating in peripheral organs. The next issue will deal with "affections of primarily neurogenic origin." Inasmuch as these subjects are not mutually exclusive, there is considerable overlapping. Heterochromia, congenital alacrimia, and some systemic disturbances with ocular manifestations are described in this text, while retinal anomalies presumably will be considered in the second volume.

This book, which is divided into 14 chapters, begins with an interesting section on "Genetics and the Human Eye" by Waardenburg in which, after an historical introduction, he describes some terms and basic facts in genetics. This is followed by a discussion of some cytological fundamentals, Mendel's law, and biometrics and heredity. After this discourse on general principles, he and his co-workers proceed to describe many fascinating clinical syndromes, involving all parts

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