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December 19, 1980

Obstetrics and Gynecology Annual

Author Affiliations

Case Western Reserve University Cleveland


vol 9, edited by Ralph M. Wynn, 390 pp, with illus, $29.50, New York, Appleton-Century-Crofts, 1980.

JAMA. 1980;244(24):2771. doi:10.1001/jama.1980.03310240063037

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Although the title Obstetrics and Gynecology Annual connotes a yearly volume, the content is not necessarily what one would expect. The book turns out to be a potpourri: everything from stilted medical essays to thoughtful, concise statements by cognoscenti.

Editor Wynn has accumulated a series of disparate authors and topics. The authors include authorities and neophytes. The topics vary from pelvic infection and genetics to operative intervention in normal labor and delivery, and organization of medical care. The book can be recommended both to keep you awake and to put you to sleep. It is not quite clear what the editor intended.

The unevenness makes it an unlikely choice for any organized educational endeavor. However, I did enjoy some of the better chapters, including Cavanagh's, "Cancer of the Vagina," with an excellent summary of diethylstilbestrol effects; Daly's, "The Emotional Problems of Patients," a thoroughly experienced statement; and Palomaki's, "Organization of