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October 22, 1938

A Textbook of Gynecology

JAMA. 1938;111(17):1588. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790430072026

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Here is a volume which may well serve as a model for gynecologic textbooks of the future. From the beginning the reader realizes that the author is drawing on his mature experience and an intimate knowledge of the literature, and not on hearsay and hand-me-downs. He has succeeded in covering the essentials of gynecologic knowledge concisely and adequately. His long experience as a clinician has enabled him to compile his book with a fine sense of proportion; for example, thirty-eight pages are given to gonorrhea, three pages to endometritis. Only the section on urology in gynecology seems unduly condensed. The writing is excellent, always clear, often elegant. It is easy and pleasant reading. The best American opinion has been summarized with almost no personal bias. Yet Dr. Curtis has retained his own voice and in many places has gracefully disagreed with the consensus. In each such instance he has taken

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