Genetics in Medicine

Lester S. King, MD
JAMA. 1966;197(2):154. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03110020142060.
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Heritable Disorders of Connective Tissue, by Victor A. McKusick, ed 3; 499 pp, 192 illus, $18.50, St. Louis: C. V. Mosby Co., 1966.

The role of genetics in medicine is so important that the physician in practice will feel lost without at least some basic knowledge of the subject. Genetics in Medicine, written primarily for medical students, considers the principles of genetics as they apply to medicine, and furnishes a background for appreciating the growing literature.

The authors are to be congratulated on the result. The exposition of principles and concepts achieves a high order of clarity. The relatively short text, splendidly economical, hews to essentials, with concise yet clear prose, excellent illustrations, and admirable explanatory diagrams.

In the first few chapters the authors provide the fundamentals of modern genetics, discussing cytology, molecular structure, the nature of chromosomes and genes. Then, in a skillfully arranged pattern, the authors present the


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