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October 7, 1939

Clincal Pathological Gynecology

JAMA. 1939;113(15):1436. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800400064029

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A new textbook on gynecology added to the already crowded list! This book, although presenting the latest in ovarian tumors, is incomplete and sketchy. The author in his preface states that the book is designed for the medical student as a correlator between gynecologic pathology and clinical gynecology. For this purpose it may serve well, but even the pathology is not complete enough to give a good background. The illustrations of gross and microscopic pathologic changes are excellent, as are those showing patients with various endocrine disorders. The bibliography is remarkably incomplete, and even such a subject as vaginitis due to Trichomonas vaginalis is completely ignored. Witherspoon uses this text to propound his pet theories on stimulation by the estrogenic hormones as the cause of various gynecologic disorders, a fact that decreases the value of the book for the average student, who should get broader views.

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