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Book and Media Reviews
February 11, 2009

Danforths’s Obstetrics and Gynecology

JAMA. 2009;301(6):672. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.97

It is one thing for a man to understand a matter for himself and for his own use, and another thing to understand it and explain it for the use of others.—Peter Mere Latham, General Remarks on the Practice of Medicine, Chapter 1, “The Heart and Its Affections.”

Since its first edition was published more than 40 years ago, Danforth's Obstetrics and Gynecology has been one of the standard textbooks for students, residents, and practitioners in the specialty. Over the years, the editors have recruited experts in the subject matter of the discipline to provide both basic and updated reviews of important material. Since my last review of this textbook about 5 years ago, there have been substantial changes. The 10th edition has a new editor and many new contributors as well as a new feature that allows it to compete in the increasing market for online reference material. Purchasers get not only the textbook but also access to an interactive Web site that contains the book online as well as an excellent search engine that allows readers to find topics of interest far more easily and comprehensively than by using the book's index.

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