November 28, 1977

Textbook of Gynecology

Author Affiliations

Case Western Reserve University Cleveland


edited by Russell Ramon de Alvarez, 546 pp, with illus, $42.50, Philadelphia, Lea & Febiger, 1977.

JAMA. 1977;238(22):2413. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03280230077034

The preface states that this is a "reference text for physicians who deal with the gynecologic patient" plus "authoritative papers... to serve the requirements of the gynecologic specialist." Unfortunately, because of its unevenness, this text fails to satisfy these proposed objectives.

The contributors are an extremely varied group, ranging from acknowledged scientists and clinicians to unknown authors. Perhaps we can imagine the harried editor trying first to capture contributors at meetings, then falling back on his own present and former faculty, and finally realizing, as the deadline approaches, that his fill-in contributors have failed to reach his standards or objectives. Strong editing does not appear to have taken place in this text.

This in no way detracts from some of the individual contributions: after reading both William Ledger on infections and infestations of the lower genital tract and Roger Kempers on the menopause, I was extremely encouraged. Both had written