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American oral pathologist and geneticist, born January 11, 1923, Hudson, New York; died August 29, 2006, Minneapolis, Minnesota.


  • R.J. Gorlin, K.L. Jue, V. Jacobsen, E. Goldschmidt:
    Oculo-auriculovertebral dysplasia.
    Journal of Pediatrics, St. Louis, 1963, 63: 991-999.
  • R. J. Gorlin, Jens Jørgen Pindborg (1921-1995):
    Syndromes of the head and neck. First edition. McGraw-Hill, New York, 1964.
  • R.J. Gorlin, J. J. Pindborg and M. M. Cohen.
    Syndromes of the Head and Neck. 2nd edition, 1976.
  • R. Goodman and Robert J. Gorlin:
    The Malformed Infant and Child: An Illustrated Guide.
    New York, Oxford University Press, 1983, pp. 72-73.
  • R. E. Tipton, R. J. Gorlin:
    Growth retardation, alopecia, pseudo-anodontia,and optic atrophy--the GAPO syndrome: report of a patient and reviewof the literature.
    The American Journal of Medical Genetics, New York, 1984, 19: 209-216.
    The GAPO syndrome is the acronymic designation for a complex of growth retardation, alopecia, pseudoanodontia (failure of tooth eruption), and progressive optic atrophy.
  • R.J. Gorlin, M.M. Cohen Jr. and L. Stefan Levin:
    Syndromes of the Head and Neck.
    3rd edition. Oxford University Press, New York, 1990.
  • R.J. Gorlin, M. M. Cohen Jr and Raoul C. M. Hennekam:
    Syndromes of the Head and Neck.
    4th edition, Oxford University Press, 2001. 1282 pages.
    “Anyone, anywhere who is involved in oral pathology has a copy of this book close at hand.”
    Robert M. Brandjord, oral surgeon and President of the American Dental Association, and a former student of Gorlin.
  • R.J. Gorlin, M. M. Cohen, Jr. and L. S. Levin:
    Syndromes of the Head and Neck.
    3rd edition, with Oxford University Press, New York, 1990.
  • M. M. Cohen, F. C. Fraser, R. J. Gorlin:
    Craniofacial disorders.
    In: Principles and Practice of Medical Genetics, edited by A.E. Emery and D. Rimoin. London, Churchill Livingstone, 1990.
  • Hereditary Hearing Loss and its Syndromes.
    Edited by Robert J. Gorlin, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, Minneapolis, Helga V. Toriello, Michigan State University, Grand Rapids, and M. Michael Cohen, Jr., Dalhousie University.
    New York, Oxford University Press, 1995. 457 pages. 488 pages; 900 illustrations.
    This definitive reference work replaces Konigsmark and Gorlin's Genetic and Metabolic Deafness (1976). Whereas the earlier volume covered 151 genetic conditions related to hearing loss, this work covers 435. As before, the authors first discuss isolated hereditary hearing loss and then present hearing loss syndromes such as those involving the nervous system, eye, external ear and musculoskeletal system.
  • Piranit N. Kantaputra, Robert J. Gorlin, and Leonard O. Langer, Jr:
    Dominant mesomelic dysplasia, ankle, carpal, and tarsal synostosis type: a new autosomal dominant bone disorder.
    Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Faculty of Dentistry, Chiang Mai University.
    A new type of mesomelic dysplasia was in 3 generations of a large Thai family.
  • R.J. Gorlin:
    And the Band Played On . . . The American Journal of Human Genetics, Chicago, February 2005, 76 (2): 216-218. Obituary:
  • Jeremy Pearce:
    Robert Gorlin, 83, Pathologist and Expert on Facial Malformations, Is Dead.
    The New Yorks Times, September 14, 2006.

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