In the foreword of the first edition of this book is a quote by Goethe that echoes the need of a book such as this one:
What is hardest of all?
That which seems easiest,
To see what lies before your very eyes.
The recognition of rare somatic phenotypes is best realized by hands-on experience. The next best teacher is a representative illustration that points out the distinguishing features of a particular syndrome. This book admirably succeeds in its purpose of presenting an illustrative catalog of dysmorphology syndromes, so that our eyes might be more attuned to their diagnosis should they meet them in the clinical setting. A potential drawback of this book for the American physician, however, is that it is written entirely in German.
This second edition reviews 204 syndromes. Each syndrome is accorded two pages, with the first page being a discussion of the condition and the