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April 1956

Counseling in Medical Genetics.

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1956;91(4):416. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1956.02060020418024

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This is a very welcome monograph that should get wide circulation. Dr. Reed's thesis is that physicians are being asked questions continually that bear on genetics but that all too few physicians are informed in this field. Having come to the conclusion that physicians should be better informed regarding genetics, Dr. Reed has gone a good step farther by writing a very readable book which this reviewer found hard to put down until it was finished. The most important genetic problems have been covered in short chapters on Mongolism, cleft palate, congenital heart disease, blood genetics, including disputed parentage, and allergies, to name a few. There is also an appendix consisting of brief listing of the inheritance of some one hundred fifty conditions.

The text is authoritative but written in an easy style. This book should be required reading for all physicians, such as pediatricians and obstetricians, who might counsel

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