The translation and publication of this book have been awaited with greatest anticipation by all those clinical geneticists who knew the original German edition (Medizinische Genetik, Stuttgart: Georg Thieme Verlag, 1961). The book was immediately successful and became extremely popular on the continent, and even British and American geneticists, with their traditional lack of enthusiasm for all that is written in German, came to appreciate the value of this book. The reviewers of the American Journal of Human Genetics and the Annals of Human Genetics called it "by far the best introduction to medical genetics for physicians and medical students" and urged that it be translated.
The book has two immediately obvious merits: it is short and it is cheap. Its brevity is not an accidental attribute but rather a reflection of the author's wisdom and maturity acquired over the years in trying to teach the elements of genetics to