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The American medical geneticist Victor McKusick (1921–2008) conceived the McKusick classification and assigned a five-digit number to each condition he described in his landmark monograph Mendelian Inheritance in Man (MIM); these numbers, in fields with blank spaces to allow for new discoveries in Mendelian genetics, have been adopted by clinical geneticists worldwide as the numerical taxonomic system for inherited disorders.

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