July 1952

Cancer Cytology of the Uterus: Introducing a Concept of Cervical Cell Pathology.

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By J. Ernest Ayre. Price, $14.50. Pp. 407, with 362 illustrations. Grune & Stratton, Inc., 381 4th Ave., New York 16, 1951.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1952;90(1):136. doi:10.1001/archinte.1952.00240070142034

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The author of this book has been influential in the present trend of early diagnoses in carcinoma of the cervix, diagnoses prior to the stage of invasion or prior to the appearance of a grossly evident lesion. His "cervical scrape method" of obtaining cytology smears from the cervix has undoubtedly increased the accuracy of this diagnostic procedure.

The present book is a beautiful example of the bookmaker's art. Three hundred sixty-two illustrations are included. A few of these are in color.

The subject of the book, as the title implies, is highly technical. It would be of interest only to those who interpret or wish to learn how to interpret cytology smears. The reviewer, however, could not recommend the book unreservedly even for such persons. It must be granted that much of the volume is admirable. On the other hand, there are places where it is more than difficult to

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