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Genetics for Orthopedic Surgeons: The Molecular Genetic Basis of Orthopedic Disorders
Frederick R. Dietz, MD1
1 University of Iowa Hospitals and ClinicsIowa City, Iowa
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Ian D. Young. Eli Hatchwell, series editor. London: Remedica; 2002. 209 pages. $30.00.

The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Incorporated
J Bone Joint Surg Am, 2003 Nov 01;85(11):2273-2273
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The title is the siren's call! One slim volume to bring the practicing orthopaedist up to speed in the most exciting area of modern medicine! Alas, it is not that simple. This volume is one of a series of "genetics for the `X'(cardiologist, dermatologist, etc.)" published by Remedica. The basic problem, to my mind, is that there is not yet a coherent story linking genes, diseases, and pathogenesis except for a group a very rare Mendelian disorders. The pathomechanics of these disorders are not clearly worked out in most cases. All attempts such as this one consist of illustrative vignettes and assume some level of knowledge of molecular genetics and biology. But do not quit reading. This monograph is in many ways an admirable and useful attempt. It is short, concise, well illustrated, and full of educational pearls. Each disorder is discussed in a well-organized and pithy fashion.
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