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Books, Journals, New Media
December 10, 2003

Reproductive MedicineReproductive Medicine

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Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor.

JAMA. 2003;290(22):3005. doi:10.1001/jama.290.22.3005-a

If you spend any time in the reference section of a medical library, you will find textbooks covering all areas of medicine. The common thread among books on reproductive medicine, from the oldest, yellowed, dust-covered editions to their shining modern counterparts, is the description of clinical syndromes. Stein and Leventhal's 1935 report "Amenorrhea Associated With Bilateral Polycystic Ovaries"1 is as relevant today as it was nearly 70 years ago. What distinguishes the older volumes from the new ones is the sequentially deeper understanding of these disease states at the biochemical, cellular, and molecular level. Books dating from the early 1980s don't do justice to the molecular genetic discoveries that have since earned five Nobel prizes in physiology or medicine.

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