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May 1966

Genetics and the Epidemiology of Chronic Diseases.

Am J Dis Child. 1966;111(5):566-567. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1966.02090080144024

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Although it is already almost trite to remark upon it, the rapidly changing complexion of medical problems in the western World—the shift from acute diseases to chronic ones, not only of adults but also of children—is real and full upon us; and it finds a generation of pediatricians unevenly trained and oriented to cope with it.

This publication deals with some of the methods, facts, and ideas that the up-to-date physician will be more and more called upon to be conversant with in his striving to be a better and more personally gratified doctor in the modern medical milieu.

Two sections deal with basic genetic and epidemiological principles and aspects of designing epidemiological studies. Some of the papers in these sections are tough sledding, but skimming does wonders. The subjects of other sections are: genetic factors in diabetes mellitus, coronary artery disease, and some chronic neurological diseases; epidemiological problems in

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