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Patients are frequently referred to a genetics or birth defects clinic because the primary physician is struck by the patient's abnormal facies or because he thinks the conglomeration of physical abnormalities must represent some "syndrome." Despite the availabilty of sophisticated cytogenetic and biochemical diagnostic methods, the geneticist must frequently base his diagnosis solely on careful clinical observations. Thus, both the referring physician and the geneticist must have a high degree of suspicion in order to reach an accurate diagnosis. "To improve the diagnostic acumen of those individuals who care for patients, and to create a greater awareness of many new
The Face in Genetic Disorders.. Ann Intern Med. 1971;74:802. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-74-5-802_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1971;74(5):802.
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