This well-printed and profusely illustrated volume contains the papers presented at the First International Symposium of Medical Genetics, which met in Rome, on Sept. 6 and 7, 1953. The symposium was held on the occasion of the dedication of the Gregor Mendel Institute of Medical Genetics and was attended by outstanding medical geneticists of many countries.
Thirty scientific communications are presented, preceded by the text of an address to the symposium by His Holiness, Pope Pius XII. Some of the scientific papers report the results of research, while others summarize broader areas. The papers are generally of excellent quality and cover such a wide range of diseases that they cannot be reviewed in detail here. Two of the papers are by Americans, F. J. Kallmann (mental disorder) and R. M. Stecher (joint disease). Outstanding among the summaries of the present status of genetic knowledge in specific fields are those on