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August 1967

Basic Concepts of Inborn Errors and Defects of Steroid Biosynthesis,

Am J Dis Child. 1967;114(2):225. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1967.02090230155045

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This small volume is a collection of seven short monographs representing presentations and their discussion by qualified English authorities at the Third Annual Symposium of the Society for the Study of Inborn Errors of Metabolism, Birmingham, October 1965. The erudite form of writing expected from the English is not missing, and there is an appealing balance of literature review mixed with data from personal studies and experience.

The first two monographs are introductory, the first being an informative and interesting historical review of the concept of inborn errors of metabolism. In the second, Korner, in a scant six pages, does an admirably lucid job in acquainting the uninitiated with the fascinating, recently unfolding story of the genetic regulation of protein biosynthesis.

The heart of the volume is contained in four monographs dealing with various facets of congenital adrenal hyperplasia. Included are considerations of steroid hormonogenesis and the sites and consequences

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