September 4, 1972

Histopathology of the Endometrium

Author Affiliations

Harvard Medical School Boston


by G. Dallenbach-Hellweg (F. D. Dallenbach, trans), 277 pp, 126 illus, $30.60, Springer-Verlag, 1971.

JAMA. 1972;221(10):1167. doi:10.1001/jama.1972.03200230053027

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This volume translates into English a scholarly 1969 German text that deals in an encyclopedic manner with disorders of the endometrium. Almost half the 1,100 references cited come from the foreign literature, affording the English-speaking reader a unique contact with the most important European work in the field. The author's approach is one of clinical, physiological, and pathological correlation, with strong emphasis on the principle that optimal evaluation of the endometrium demands the close cooperation of the clinician and the pathologist. Abundant factual data are excerpted from the literature and interpreted in the light of the author's experience.

One flaw in the method of presentation is the frequent interweaving of fact and interpretation in such a way that the inexperienced reader may not be able to distinguish the two. As an example, a description of the postmenopausal endometrium is followed by the statement that it is the "petrified" remains of