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Biochemical genetics is the mainstream of contemporary research in human genetics, medical genetics, and, indeed, all genetics. (Cytogenetics in man, with its descriptions of the chromosome in the normal and abnormal, represents what may hopefully be a confluent and rapidly swelling stream of research.) The father of biochemical genetics is appropriately considered to be Sir Archibald Garrod (1857-1936), student of rheumatic diseases, pediatrician at the Great Ormond Street Hospital, London, and immediate successor to Sir William Osler as Regius Professor of Medicine at Oxford. In 1908 Garrod delivered the Croonian lectures at the Royal Society of Medicine. The inspired title,
Human Biochemical Genetics.. Ann Intern Med. ;52:1170–1171. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-52-5-1170
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1960;52(5):1170-1171.
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