July 24, 1967

Cellular Biology of the Uterus

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edited by Ralph M. Wynn, 524 pp, with illus, $7.50, New York: Appleton-Century-Crofts, 1967.

JAMA. 1967;201(4):277-278. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03130040073038

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Dr. Ralph Wynn has edited one of the finest books on the uterus ever published. Distinguished scientists and medical men from here and abroad have contributed harmoniously in expounding the complex facets of uterine phenomena. The interdisciplinary approach succeeds in combining classic anatomic-physiologic concepts with recent findings. The 13 chapters have logical continuity and great depth, and some 1,500 references on 1,000 subjects are cited. The clinician is given basic scientific information, and the scientist can find suggestions for future experiments.

The text includes uterine embryology; vascular anatomy and physiology; genetic-biochemical-hormonal control of uterine metabolism; comparative delayed implantation and decidualization; myometrial biochemistry—ultrastructure, ionicelectrical activity, and hormonal control; current problems on uterine cellular biology. All authors point out present gaps in uterine knowledge and clearly separate chaff from wheat. The questions stimulate thought about the genetic, chemical, and ultrastructural basis of uterine cells. Throughout, the application of basic principles to hu