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April 19, 1995

Danforth's Obstetrics and Gynecology

Author Affiliations

Bluefield Regional Medical Center Bluefield, WVa


edited by James R. Scott, Philip J. Di Saia, Charles B. Hammond, and William N. Spellacy, 7th ed, 1121 pp, with illus, $137.50, ISBN 0-397-51353-4, Philadelphia, Pa, JB Lippincott, 1994.

JAMA. 1995;273(15):1232-1233. doi:10.1001/jama.1995.03520390094043

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Mankind's understanding of the universe has followed a hyperbolic curve. It took centuries to move from the simplistic (and often inaccurate) aphorisms of Hippocrates to the well-organized concise medical textbooks of today. Dr Danforth's textbook of obstetrics and gynecology is an excellent example of how medical knowledge in our specialty has been codified and clearly stated so that medical students can grasp the fundamentals. The tremendous scope of information is organized and indexed so that the practicing gynecologist can easily refer to the information needed in a specific situation.

Dr Danforth died shortly after the publication of the sixth edition, but the work he started years ago has been updated and revised by 54 authors under the careful eyes of the same four editors: Scott, Di Saia, Hammond, and Spellacy.

In reviewing this seventh edition I compared every chapter with its counterpart in the sixth edition. Thirty-two of the present

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