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Progress in Medical Genetics

Dorothea Bennett
Arch Intern Med. 1972;129(5):840. doi:10.1001/archinte.1972.00320050164030.
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The purpose of a review volume is presumably to apprise nonspecialists of important areas of developments in genetics which are likely to add relevance to their thinking or practice. Thus, the reader must depend on the editors to select topics which are important, and on the authors to present their material in a balanced and useful fashion.

The first of these requirements is well met. The topics considered in this volume ("Hybridization of Mammalian Somatic Cells," "Phenylketonuria and its Variants," "Inherited Abnormalities of the Complement System in Man," "The Pi System—Inherited Variants of the Serum α1-Antitripsin," "Genetic Aspects of Renal Diseases," "The Haptoglobins," and "Some Legal Aspects of Genetic Counseling") are all currently important, or represent rapidly developing areas whose future relevance is almost certain.

The treatment of individual topics is very uneven. The articles on "Cell Hybridization" and "Genetic Aspects of Renal Disease" are model for a


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