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Papers on Human Genetics.

John M. Opitz, MD
Arch Intern Med. 1964;114(5):725-726. doi:10.1001/archinte.1964.03860110195047.
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This book contains translations and reprints of some of the greatest papers on human genetics of the past 63 years. The papers are a curious selection, but complement Peters' Classic Papers in Genetics1 well; the latter, for example, reprints Hardy's contribution and Boyer reprints "Weinberg's part" of the Hardy-Weinberg law. All the papers on cytogenetics in Boyer, with the exception of Mary Lyons' famous article, are also found in M. F. A. Montagu's anthology, Genetic Mechanisms in Human Disease.2 Garrod's paper on the incidence of alkaptonuria was recently reprinted by H. H. Harris.3

The papers in the present volume are organized in eight parts: Mathematical Approaches; Immunogenetics; Enzyme Defects; the Hemoglobinopathies; Serum Proteins; Cytogenetics; Mutations, and Historical (Professor Dunn's essay: Cross Currents in the History of Human Genetics). Altogether 33 papers are reprinted, representing the work of 57 authors, including A. O. Weinberg, Lenz, Landsteiner, the Hirschfelds;


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