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The text is written for the medical student obtaining his first training in gynecology in a hospital environment. In addition to those essential chapters on the vulva, vagina, uterus, adnexa, and ovaries, other chapters cover the history and physical examination, laboratory procedures, problems in different age groups, functional menstrual disorders, endocrinologic disorders, disorders of early pregnancy, endometriosis, infertility, disorders of pelvic support, the menopause, marital counseling, basic principles of operative gynecology, postoperative and postradiation management. The chapter on disorders of pelvic support is good, especially where it deals with urinary stress incontinence. The discussions of gynecologic cancer are also extremely effective, not only for students but for residents and family practitioners.
Many students will not find the volume as readable as they would like because of the use of smaller-than-usual print in the text. The medical student will need to see a great variety of gynecologic patients to offset the
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