Eur J Plast Surg (2004) 27:244–245 DOI 10.1007/s00238-004-0656-4 IN VI TED C OMMENTARY D. Aughton Published online: 18 September 2004 Springer-Verlag 2004 In 1908, the Cambridge geneticist William Bateson gave cialized oncogenetic consultation. However, I am con- sage counsel to his students when he wrote, “Treasure cerned (perhaps parochially, I admit) that the availability your exceptions!” . The subsequent passage of nearly a of such consultation is limited. Although the number of century has not lessened the wisdom of these words, and physicians and centers that have expertise both in clinical the case report by Tuncel et al. provides a vivid illustra- oncology and in clinical genetics is growing, it remains tion of the benefits that may be gained through the small. For example, GeneClinics/GeneTests, a well-rec- heeding of Professor Bateson’s admonition. The authors ognized voluntary directory of DNA diagnostic labora- did not presume that their patient’s multiple cancers were tories and genetic clinics, lists fewer than 200 cancer due to coincidental joint occurrence or to mere “bad genetics clinics in the United States, and only 13 cancer luck”; they instead perceived the exceptional nature of genetics clinics devoted specifically to hereditary non- their patient’s presentation, looked further, and
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