This is the first volume of a multiauthor series covering various inborn errors of metabolism. The present volume covers the biochemical basis of heredity, the hereditary amino-acidurias, and specific chapters on albinism, alcaptonuria, phenylketonuria, etc. For some reason, Wilson's disease is included in this section which is primarily devoted to amino acid defects. Like many books prepared by a number of different contributors, the material tends to be uneven. Some chapters are quite complete, while others are quite out-of-date. There is a tendency to cite various references without critically evaluating the permanence of the observations. It does not come up to the quality of Stanbury et al's book on the Metabolic Basis of Inherited Disease. Also, 60 francs seems an excessive price for a soft-back covering just 400 pages.