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Diseases having a significant genetic contribution now comprise an increasingly greater proportion of illnesses seen in medical practice today. This fact has been documented in surveys of in-patient admissions on pediatric and medical wards in teaching and community hospitals in industrialized societies. Medical science itself is in large measure responsible for this phenomenon because: (1) physicians have found ways of prolonging the life of individuals affected with these disorders, permitting them to reproduce; and (2) antibiotic therapy has dramatically reduced the infant and childhood mortality from infectious diseases. It is, therefore, only logical that now we turn our attention to
The Prevention of Genetic Disease and Mental Retardation.. Ann Intern Med. 1976;84:379–380. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-84-3-379_3
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1976;84(3):379-380.
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