The stated purpose of this book is "to provide within a single volume the basic genetic information and its application to the clinical problems that fall broadly within the sphere of medical genetics." It has been written, say the authors, particularly for physicians, especially pediatricians and obstetricians, but also for medical students. This is surely a laudable goal.
Physicians might consult books in genetics for two reasons: first, for practical aid in the diagnosis or management of specific genetic conditions, and secondly, for an explanation of genetic principles. No slim book could meet the first need, even for pediatricians and obstetricians alone, because it could not contain the wealth of detail necessary. The authors do in fact recognize this.
For an exposition of the principles of medical genetics, the needs of the physician are not too different from those of the student of the basic medical sciences. Both need a