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October 2, 1987

Gynecologic Endocrinology

Author Affiliations

Harvard Medical School Beth Israel Hospital Boston

Harvard Medical School Beth Israel Hospital Boston


edited by Jay J. Gold and John B. Josimovich, ed 4; 692 pp, with illus, $85, New York, Plenum Medical Book Co, 1987.

JAMA. 1987;258(13):1826. doi:10.1001/jama.1987.03400130140053

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The fourth edition of Gynecologic Endocrinology maintains the excellence of the prior editions and can be definitely recommended.

It is organized into six major areas with 34 chapters written by a long list of acknowledged authorities. Parts 1 and 2 deal with basic neuroendocrinology and hormonal physiology, including placental endocrinology and the physiology of relaxin. Thyroid function and diseases in women are also completely covered in a single well-written chapter. Part 3 covers diagnostic procedures and is perhaps the most uneven portion of the book, owing mostly to extreme variations in the length of the individual chapters. Within this group, the chapter on hormonal cytopathology of the vagina is interesting, but probably over-interprets the usefulness of this methodology in the light of more modern assay techniques. The chapter on endoscopic procedures is succinct, but almost too short.

Part 4 covers women's endocrine disorders in 15 separate chapters. This portion is