A number of introductory texts on human genetics have appeared during the last few years, reflecting an increase of both readers and writers in this field. Consequently each new publication meets competition and has to prove its merits. This mod- est-looking little (4½ × 6½ inches) pocket book of general and clinical genetics ranks high among its peers. The author has managed to cover the most important areas of human genetics in 390 pages, yet he provides the clinically-oriented reader with a wealth of practical material.
The book is divided into five major chapters: "I. Fundamentals of Human Genetics" (84 pp), "II. Practical Questions" (48 pp), "III. Human Cytogenetics" (42 pp), "IV. Inborn Errors of Metabolism" (162 pp), and "V. Further Hereditary Conditions" (45 pp).
These chapters are supplemented by very useful tables such as autosomal linkage groups (Table 3), conditions permitting identification of heterozygous carriers (Table 5), data on