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March 1952

Principles of Human Genetics.

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1952;83(3):419-420. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1952.02040070165016

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Within the last 20 years the physician has been forced to recognize the importance and outstanding role that heredity plays in his busy practice. The advent of antibiotics and chemotherapy, preventive medicine, and so forth has done much to lighten the infectious burden in medicine, but this only to confront the profession with an apparent increase in developmental as well as geriatric hereditary disease. The great majority of American physicians do not possess the background requisite to correct interpretation of the voluminous and rapidly expanding genetic literature. This lack of educational background is largely the result of the paucity of formal courses in human genetics in our major medical school curricula. While the relatively new and meteoric science of human genetics is not difficult to understand, it does require diligent application and study. To aid the physician, as well as the medical student, to acquire the principles and a knowledge

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