On the X Chromosome of Man. By Victor A. McKusick, MD. Price, $6.50. Pp 141, with 58 illustrations. American Institute of Biological Sciences, 2000 P St NW, Washington, DC 20006, 1964.
Every so often, once in a generation or so, somebody comes on the scene who is able to encompass a wide panorama of medicine. He defies the constraining shackles of specialization and the austere requirements of specialty boards. He spreadeagles the field. McKusick has been able to turn out syntheses of several different medical problems as he turned his mind to them, one after another. One needs only to think about his Heritable Disorders of Connective Tissue, his developments of the new subject spectral phonocardiography, and his contributions to genetics to see why biologists as well as physicians will profit greatly by a close scrutiny of his two recent books The X Chromosome of Man and Human Genetics. They can