by Constance Marjorie Ridley, MA, BM, FRCP, 299 pp, illus, $18, WB Saunders Co, 1975.
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The Vulva complements the evolving series of short monographs dealing with selected topics of dermatologic interest, and is a concise, complete, and easily readable book. The four main segments are anatomy and embryology, infections, dermatitis, and tumors. A brief introductory history of vulvar nonmenclature is captivatingly colorful, but is followed by a comparatively long embryology chapter that is too extensive for a small monograph. A more descriptive and detailed section of the vulvar examination would have been useful for the nongynecologist. At least an outline, or perhaps an algorithm for adequate investigation of vulvar problems, should have been included. Vulvar anatomy is succinctly described and illustrated.
A significant portion of the book deals with both common and uncommon vulvar infections. The extensive discussion of warts and other papovavirus infections is diminished by the poor photomicrographs, the only inadequate illustrations in the book. In fact, the many photographs of the vulva
Smith SZ. The Vulva. Arch Dermatol. 1976;112(10):1484. doi:10.1001/archderm.1976.01630340090037