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April 1, 1939

Diseases of Women

JAMA. 1939;112(13):1291. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800130075035

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In this edition the section on the physiology and disorders of menstruation has been completely revised. These data in their new form are lucid, helpful and as accurate as a simplified version can be. The volume presents fewer of the homely old British usages, such as the brisk purge for any and all contingencies, the rather loose application of dilation and curettage, the tardy adoption of the intravenous route for the administration of fluids and the uterine injection of hot glycerin for acute endometritis. One might say that the book has been considerably polished up. Most important in this connection is a complete capitulation to the argument for the conservative versus the radical surgical management of acute and subacute pelvic infection. The former volume was to be strongly criticized for its obvious lack of conviction in this connection. In general the book is amazingly consistent, considering its compilation by diversified

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