June 1975

Gynecologic Surgery: Errors, Safeguards and Salvage

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edited by John H. Ridley, $19.50, 317 pp, Williams & Wilkins Co, 1974.

Arch Surg. 1975;110(6):765-766. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1975.01360120083030

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In this day of frequent malpractice suits, the appearance of a book whose objective is to minimize the number of suits originating from gynecologic surgery is to be applauded. In the main, this book accomplishes its purposes of pointing out the areas of usual error and the means of correcting the errors. The book is divided into ten chapters and covers most of the common and less common operative procedures for both benign and malignant disease in gynecology. The illustrations are numerous and adequate to illustrate the various points the authors are trying to make. The three chapters on benign adnexal disease, stress urinary incontinence, and vaginal fistulas are superb and filled with "pearls" to fulfill the objective of the book: point out errors, safeguards against them, and how to repair them once they occur. The photographs in the chapter on congenital anomalies and infertility are unusual, the best I

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