April 4, 1966

An Outline and Atlas of Gynaecological Cytodiagnosis

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by H. Smolka and H.-J. Soost, ed 2; 208 pp, 239 illus, $21, Baltimore: Williams & Wilkins Co., 1965.

JAMA. 1966;196(1):109. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03100140163061

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Clinical Endocrine Cytology, by Jacoba C. de Neef, 321 pp, 205 illus, $12.50, New York: Hoeber Medical Division, Harper & Row, Publishers, Inc., 1965.

Two books on cytology have been published which should be of value to any clinician interested in gynecologic cytology. The Atlas is a well-written manual with superb plates. There is a good outline of normal gynecologic cytology. Approximately one third of the monograph is devoted to the effect of hormones on vaginal epithelial cells; concluding this section is the important and sometimes neglected limitation of cytologic hormonal evaluation: "The patterns one encounters in cytology practice... are usually not as distinct as those described." There is a beautifully illustrated chapter on cellular changes following irradiation. Abnormal and malignant gynecologic cytology is described too concisely, but many other texts are available on this subject. Included also are brief chapters on tumor cells in the blood, the cytology of

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