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March 16, 1957

Synopsis of Gynecology Based on the Textbook Diseases of Women

JAMA. 1957;163(11):995. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02970460085026

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"Diseases of Women," by H. S. Crossen, has enjoyed a period of confidence as a standard gynecologic work for over a generation. This latest edition is a compact, well-organized, and comprehensive presentation of approved principles and knowledge in this field. In every way it is worthy of its author. It includes discussions of current topics, such as the newer concepts of hormonal activity, the use of antibiotics, and psychosomatic aspects of obstetrics and gynecology. The single exception noted is the author's approval and advocacy of the use of intrauterine douches as valid treatment for postabortal infections that have already progressed beyond the confines of the endometrium and present the findings of well-developed parametritis. It would be difficult to find substantial support for this procedure among many prominent gynecologic clinicians today. In the preface to the first edition, the author rightly states: "The Synopsis will be found useful by those who

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