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April 22, 1944

Forsdike's Textbook of Gynæcology

JAMA. 1944;124(17):1230. doi:10.1001/jama.1944.02850170066029

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Peel states that he has radically revised Forsdike's book. The present one has both good and bad points. The drawings are excellent. The photomicrographs and some of the photographs are poor. The chapter on the anatomy of the female reproductive organs is excellent. It is pleasing to see a discussion of puberty, menstruation, the menopause and the climacteric. The chapter on retrodisplacement and prolapse also are well written. However, there is no need for photographs of pessaries, especially those with harness to hold up the uterus. Photographs of various instruments, such as volsella and curets, should have been omitted. Under specific infections only gonorrhea, syphilis and chancroid are discussed; three pages are devoted to tuberculosis of the reproductive tract. A chapter on chronic metritis and diffuse hypertrophy of the uterus is well written and should form part of every gynecologic textbook. Discussion of abortion, hydatidiform mole and chorioepithelioma could be

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