by Harold Speert, 687 pp, with illus, $145, ISBN 1-85070-698-0, Pearl River, NY, Parthenon Publishing, 1996.
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Here is the opportunity to understand why we associate a person with a medical event, syndrome, procedure, or anatomic part. After all our complaining about the abuse of eponyms, those awkward expressions finally become meaningful, at least for reproductive medicine. Obstetric and Gynecologic Milestones Illustrated is an encyclopedic tome that contains the biographies of the best-known practitioners and paragons of reproductive science who left their names for posterity. Many of their advances are now obsolete and familiar only to the history-oriented among us. However, there is vitality to these stories, which reverberate from the halls of medical colleges worldwide— including Harvard, Johns Hopkins, and Albany, where Sampson persisted in studying the endometrial cells flying through the fallopian tubes and resting on the surrounding pelvic peritoneum as an ipso facto cause of the still unknown endometriosis.
Anatomical discoveries were responsible for cataloging tissue and providing landmarks for the gynecologic surgeon. Such
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