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June 10, 1950

Diseases of Women

JAMA. 1950;143(6):608. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02910410094043

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The list of contributors to this compact book is noteworthy, but that has been so from its inception, under the guidance of the late Sir Comyns Berkeley. That the opinions of ten authorities on overlapping subjects could be condensed into 461 pages without undue repetition or noticeable lack of unanimity demonstrates the editorial efficiency of Clifford White. There is continuity throughout the 44 chapters, each section an important monographic contribution, that is remarkable considering the multiple authorship.

The book is thoroughly up to date in thought and precept, although it is noticeable that penicillin is the most recent antibiotic prescribed. Also, nonabsorbable iodized oil is recommended exclusively for hysterosalpingography, whereas in this country absorbable opaque mediums are being more and more preferred. There seems to be rather too great a determination that obstetrics shall be no part of gynecology, although constant reference is made to pregnancy as a complicating factor

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