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July 10, 1943

Essentials of Gynecology

JAMA. 1943;122(11):777. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840280061036

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The author states in the preface that his object in this book is "to present concisely, from the practical viewpoint, and with as much correlation as possible, the salient features of the anatomy, pathology, symptomatology and therapy of gynecology." This he does successfully in most instances. However, on some subjects the material included is inadequate to meet the stated requirements.

Despite the fact that the book is intended primarily for general practitioners and medical students, the technic of bimanual examination is not presented, although other steps in the examination are. The section on anatomy, although brief, includes the more important features of pelvic structure and is clearly presented and adequately illustrated. The inclusion of a short chapter on psychologic factors and mode of life as related to gynecologic disease and frequent emphasis of the subject throughout the book is unusual in textbooks on gynecology. On the other hand, the author

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