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June 26, 1972

Principles and Management of Human Reproduction

Author Affiliations

Rush Medical College Chicago


by Duncan E. Reid, Kenneth J. Ryan, and Kurt Benirschke, 915 pp, 465 illus, $25, W. B. Saunders Co., 1972.

JAMA. 1972;220(13):1747. doi:10.1001/jama.1972.03200130075029

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Three experts in human reproduction have revised Reid's Textbook of Obstetrics in keeping with current changes in obstetrical knowledge and practice. Recently, classic concepts in human reproduction have broadened to include reproductive endocrinology, perinatal medicine, and total reproductive health care. This book assembles basic material and clinical obstetrics in an orderly fashion. Despite the authors' intentions, it goes beyond basic core teaching material and functions more successfully as a review book. Because it was designed as a text, it falls short of being a definitive reference work.

Part one is a scholarly yet readable review, by Dr. Ryan, of the endocrine and neuroendocrine control of reproduction. He balances the basic research with a clinical perspective at a level which is understandable to the beginner but detailed enough for those with added experience. The chapters on the various reproductive hormones, the endocrine organs, and their interrelationship are by themselves worth the