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April 22, 1950

Physiology of the Uterus

JAMA. 1950;142(16):1325-1326. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02910340071030

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The edition appears ten years after the first one. Physicians who never read the first edition missed learning a great deal about the physiology of the uterus. In the present edition, Reynolds has reviewed practically the entire literature dealing with this subject. He tabulates more than 2,500 references. The author index alone occupies 18 pages. This will give one an idea of the enormous amount of work done by Reynolds in preparation for this book.

There are eight parts to the book: (1) patterns and functions of uterine motility, (2) hormone control of the myometrium, (3) uterine growth, (4) circulation of the uterus, (5) metabolism in the uterus, (6) innervation of the uterus, (7) uterosotnatic relationships and (8) the onset of labor. The author proves that, whereas the corpus luteum of gestation is indispensable in the first part of pregnancy in the cat, guinea pig, dog, rat, mouse and rabbit,

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