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October 15, 1938

Practical Clinical Gynecology

JAMA. 1938;111(16):1498. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790420078035

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This volume is apparently intended to convey a smattering of gynecology to practitioners who have forgotten what they were taught in medical school. The book is written informally, with frequent use of questions and answers. Much of the writing is loose. Many of the principles enunciated are entirely contrary to the best gynecologic practice of today. There is no evidence of the author's familiarity with many important gynecologic studies published in the last ten years. The illustrations are in no way impressive. The scope of the work is exemplified by the chapter on carcinoma, which in a scant fourteen pages covers (after a fashion) the cause, course, signs, symptoms, histologic diagnosis, clinical diagnosis and treatment of carcinoma of the uterus (cervix and fundus). The treatment of carcinoma is described in two sentences. Retroperitoneal erysipelas is mentioned, but there is no discussion of dropsy of the ovary. The volume is not

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