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December 28, 1994

Obstetrics and Gynecology: A History and Iconography

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Rush-Presbyterian-St Luke's Medical Center Chicago, Ill

 

by Harold Speert, Revised Second Edition of Iconographia Gyniatrica, 540 pp, with illus, $245, ISBN 0-930405-62-5, Norman Publishing, 720 Market St, Third Floor, San Francisco, CA, 94102-2502, telephone 1-415-781-6402, Fax 1-415-781-5507; 1994.

JAMA. 1994;272(24):1955-1956. doi:10.1001/jama.1994.03520240083050

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Abstract

The new version of Dr Speert's handsomely illustrated volume reflects the intellectual authority, reading pleasure, and excellent illustrations readers associate with the 1973 edition. The publisher's front matter advises that Obstetrics and Gynecology: A History and Iconography is now printed on acid-free paper with strong and durable binding materials. The publisher is to be congratulated for according Dr Speert's repository of copies of centuries of art and photography a quality of material that will extend its life. Such generosity should prove useful as well: my own medical school's library has had to repair the 1970s version. It is apparently heavily used and deserves the complement of production standards appropriate for books of lasting value.

Obstetrics and gynecology seems well covered to this layman. Chapter headings, unchanged from the previous edition, run the same wide (though logical) gamut, from the first chapter, "The Female Anatomy," through chapter 19, "Obstetric and Gynecologic

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