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January 2, 1954

Problems in the Anatomy of the Pelvis: An Atlas

JAMA. 1954;154(1):98. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.02940350100039

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In this atlas the retrovesical space was selected as a focal point of discussion because of its importance in pelvic surgery. This is true because every subperitoneal space is related to the retrovesical space and every pelvic organ is in the immediate environment of this space. The presentation that relates the retrovesical space and the ureters is especially good. The "inferior hypogastric wing" received special consideration in order to stress its importance as a conduit of nerves and vessels and the part it plays in supporting the bladder and prostate gland. Although acceptable, the concept of the pubococcygeus, the puborectalis, and the iliococcygeus as the component parts of the levator ani might be objectionable to some anatomists. Other differences in opinion might arise in nomenclature.

The material presented is good although the method of presentation is unduly complex. The reviewer finds it difficult to look on one page where the

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