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June 26, 1987

Greenhill's Surgical Gynecology

Author Affiliations

Pentwater, Mich

Pentwater, Mich

JAMA. 1987;257(24):3424. doi:10.1001/jama.1987.03390240130044

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The authors have rightly acknowledged Dr Greenhill's contribution to gynecologic surgery. He had a major influence, through his writings on gynecology, during the formative years of the specialty in this country.

The book is a relatively small but concise text. Its most notable features are the chapters that describe the gynecologic surgeon's equipment and methods, fluid and electrolyte metabolism, and preoperative and postoperative patient care.

Five of the ten chapters are devoted to illustrations of various minor and major operative procedures. The line drawings are much like those that have appeared in gynecologic texts for many years; a number of them lack the detail necessary for a clear understanding of the operation.

In the preface, the authors state that the book is intended primarily for the neophyte in the specialty. It fulfills this aim in that it shows stereotyped steps in most procedures that an intern will see gynecologic surgeons