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August 15, 1980

Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynecology

Author Affiliations

Harvard Medical School Boston


by David D. Youngs and Anke A. Ehrhardt, 306 pp, $18.50, New York, Appleton-Century-Crofts, 1980.

JAMA. 1980;244(7):715-716. doi:10.1001/jama.1980.03310070063040

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Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynecology is a collection of papers and chapters written by authors of varied backgrounds expressly for this volume or for other purposes. There has been little editing of style or format and minimal interchapter referral. Some chapters do accurately reflect psychological issues encountered in the care of obstetrical and gynecological patients and will be of use to those dealing with such situations for the first time, the chapter on adolescent sexuality and abortion being the most outstanding in this respect.

Jennifer Niebyl's chapter on gynecological complaints and treatment is factual and helpful but not well adapted to the adolescent section. A chapter on fetal monitoring raises interesting issues, but no resolution is offered, nor does the chapter convincingly outline the negative side of fetal monitoring, for which documentation is actually available. Chapters on elective gynecological surgery and breast cancers are circumscribed by reliance on the psychological literature.