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April 13, 1940

A Text-Book of Gynaecology for Students and Practitioners

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By James Young, D.S.O., M.D., F.R.C.S.E., Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of London, London. Fifth edition. Cloth. Price, $5. Pp. 425, with 226 illustrations. New York: Macmillan Company; London: Adam & Charles Black, 1939.

JAMA. 1940;114(15):1486-1487. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810150072032

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After reading this book the reviewer felt sad. Dr. James Young is one of the greatest gynecologists in the world but one cannot gather this impression from the fifth edition of his textbook of gynecology. In their advertisement the publishers particularly emphasize the section devoted to the recent advances made in the science of sex endocrinology but the author devotes only twelve pages, including illustrations, to this most important branch of gynecology. In the sections on the various menstrual disturbances there is some additional material on endocrinology, but it is still wholly inadequate even though at the present time endocrine therapy has a limited field of usefulness.

Not all of us agree with Young that the translation of "mittelschmerz" is "half-time pain." Likewise not many American gynecologists are in favor of evacuating ovarian cysts by syringe through the cul-de-sac of Douglas in cases of metropathia haemorrhagica. For the latter condition

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