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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Teresa A. Hadro, MS (Children's Memorial Hospital)
Description: This is the long-awaited sequel to Genetic and Metabolic Deafness, published in 1976. The nearly 20-year wait was worth it! The number of conditions described has grown from 151 in the original text to 427 in the current volume. Useful chapters on syndrome delineation and embryology of the ear have been added, and the chapter on epidemiology has been updated.
Purpose: The editors of this book, volume 28 in the "Oxford Monographs on Medical Genetics" series, present their work to assist in the diagnosis of syndromal hearing loss and the understanding of its etiology. Syndromes that feature hearing loss and associated anomalies are presented according to organ systems.
Audience: A tremendous compilation of information is easily accessible in this one volume to clinicians of all specialties as well as to students of genetics.
Features: The number and quality of illustrations, most of them photographs of patients with syndromic hearing loss, the comprehensiveness of the information compiled, and the understandable organization of the contents qualify this book as a quintessential tool for the practitioner of clinical genetics. The references are abundant, relevant, and current. One minor flaw is that there is no syndrome index provided.
Assessment: Clinical geneticists will want to own this book. Medical libraries will more ably serve students of genetics by providing this book on their reference shelves.