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April 1958

Congenital Anomalies of the Viscera.

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1958;95(4):452. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1958.02060050456016

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This textbook of applied human embryology is intended for the medical graduate who wishes to broaden his understanding of congenital abnormalities.

The material is discussed by organ systems. Abnormalities of the central nervous system, the skin, and the extremities are not included. Each chapter is introduced by a brief concise resumé of normal embryological development. There follows a more lengthy discussion of various anomalies arising from disturbances in normal development. A greater number of illustrations would enhance this portion of the text.

The descriptive nature of the book has largely precluded the use of a large body of interesting experimental embryology. The practical applications of fetal endocrinology to the development of the genitalia have not been discussed. Pediatricians will probably be disappointed by the absence of discussion concerning the syndrome of agensis of the abdominal musculature, as well as the syndromes of renal agenesis associated with the formative years and

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