The book consists of two parts. Part 1 is a 14-page introductory section briefly summarizing genetic inheritance and genetic counseling, and concisely outlining the importance of and methods utilized in obtaining a family history, the modes of genetic transmission and recurrence risks, and an approach to genetic counseling. Part 2, which is the major portion of the volume, is an atlas of 75 genetic and chromosomal syndromes. The photographic documentation of the facial features and, in some cases, other affected areas of the body are presented on the right-hand page. The summary text for the syndrome is presented on the facing left-hand page. For each condition, there is given in outline form a "Historical note," "Facial features," "Other clinical findings," "Diagnosis," "Basic defect," "Genetics," "Prognosis and treatment" and "References."
The photographs are in general of good quality, and appropriately illustrate the anomalies. The legends, however, are somewhat less adequate and,