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would seem that the proper responses to the questions require a multitalented counselor with access to a programmed computer terminal or membership in a large supporting team. Licensing genetic counselors implies an accredited curriculum monitored by an accredited agency. This problem is merely identified in this section, not addressed. The third section is devoted to moral, social, and legal problems in genetic counseling and does not seem to follow the other sections. Clients for genetic counseling pay for the service to reach decisions and resolve the problem. The National Genetic Diseases Act has no meaning to this clientele. Public policy relates to the greater clientele, the public. This volume is clearly required reading for professional and amateur genetic counselors. The counselor-client and physician-patient relationships are comparable in terms of outcome of poor training and experience on the part of the counselor. The genetic counselor, however, has to appreciate the relationship without the training afforded to the physician. This volume lights a large candle. Cytogenetics and Cell Genetics. Vol. 22, no. 1-6. Winnipeg Conference (1977). Fourth International Workshop on Human Gene Mapping. Basel: S. Karger AG. Pp. 730. $49.25 The classical cytogeneticists working with corn, barley, or mouse who cooperated by assigning specific chromosomes to different colleagues should get some satisfaction in this volume by noting that the human cytogeneticists have followed their example. Of course, there is one significant difference. Who could have imagined that sexual crosses would not be involved? And, who would have thought that the discovery of the parasexual cycle in the fungal speciesAspergillus nidulans would provide the theoretical foundation for assigning genes to specific chromosomes or chromosome arms? The fourth International Workshop on Human Gene Mapping has produced a volume containing two plenary presentations , 10 separate committee reports, and more than 130 short reports. The plenary presentations concern essentially classical aspects of human cytogenetics. The committee reports are linkage summaries for each chromosome . The short reports cover gene assignments to chromosomes using somatic cell hybrids of familial studies, in situ DNA-RNA hybridization, regional mapping of specific chromosomes, comparative mapping, new experimental methods, new mediods for data analysis, and a number of nonpigeonholed items. It is noteworthy that the human cytogeneticists constantly monitor gene and chromosome nomenclature in the face of rapid progress. The objectives of the international workshops is to provide a forum for the exchange of new concepts and methodologies and to keep the human cytogeneticists in touch with each other and with the "state of the art." This volume certainly meets these objectives and provides a valuable summary for those fortunate enough to have attended the workshops and for those trying to cope with a rapidly growing and worldwide literature. 504 Book Reviews ...


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