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July 23, 1938

Operative Gynecology

JAMA. 1938;111(4):347-348. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790300057031

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The Crossens books have been noted for their excellent illustrations. The present edition of Operative Gynecology contains more than 1,200 well executed drawings and instructive diagrams. In its scope the work includes preoperative and postoperative care, operating room technic, detailed description and depiction of the ordinary and most of the extraordinary gynecologic operations, and a discussion of such intestinal surgery as the gynecologist may need to perform. The almost encyclopedic character of the volume will render it of permanent reference value to gynecologists. General surgeons will find careful discussions of the indications for various operations and if they follow the conservative policies of the authors will spare many a useful ovary and leave many an abdomen unscarred. Parts of the book are superbly written; parts are poorly written and verbose. References to the literature are advantageously placed in the text rather than at the end of chapters. Although most of

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