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Genetic Defects of Biologically Active Proteins.

John M. Opitz, MD
Arch Intern Med. 1963;112(5):793-794. doi:10.1001/archinte.1963.03860050180032.
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Since the three main books on inborn errors of metabolism (Harris; Stanbury, Wyngaarden, and Fredrickson; and Hsia) have become somewhat outdated, this collection of essays comes as a most timely godsend to all who are interested in this rapidly changing subspecialty of biology and medicine. The English title is a rather clumsy translation of the German equivalent which should be rendered more accurately: Hereditary Diseases of Metabolism, in order to avoid the ambiguous implication that this book covers only the field of protein metabolism.

Professor Linneweh, who is the director of the pediatric clinic of the University of Marburg, was fortunate to obtain the assistance of an outstanding group of experts on hereditary aberrations of metabolism and on those hereditary diseases in which an inborn error of metabolism has been detected. This book is as comprehensive and completely "up-to-date" as it can possibly be, and it maintains the highest standards


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