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April 8, 1950

Gynecologic Diagnosis

JAMA. 1950;142(14):1113. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02910320075028

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Although this book is profusely illustrated, suitably arranged and set in good type on excellent paper, it could easily be condensed into a booklet of one-third its size. The first part of the book deals with diagnostic methods, the second with the diagnostic clinic. The foreword states that "the problems offered in this book may serve as a helpful source of mental exercise." It could perform this function for the student completing his course in physical diagnosis or his first series of lectures in gynecology. The book is an elementary treatise. Typographic errors are frequent. Lymphopathia venerea and lymphopathia venereum (pp. 128-129) are used interchangeably instead of the preferred term, lymphogranuloma venereum. There are several statements with which one might take issue, such as the claim on page 59 that a vaginal discharge with "a pH 5 1/2 to 6 1/2 points to monilia." The author suggests the use

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