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December 21, 1940

The Anatomy of the Female Pelvis

JAMA. 1940;115(25):2205. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810510081036

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It is only forty years ago that we in this country drew rather steadily on British teachers in matters of obstetrics and anatomy and to some extent in gynecology. In their writings we looked for and we continue to look for clarity, sanity and vocabulary. Here we have a fair condensation of the subject, illustrated for the first time in the three editions. To these illustrations there are so many references that one is inclined to scrutinize them. Simplification that adequately depicts essentials is an achievement. In a few of the drawings, as in those of the lymphatics, this is the case, but where diagrams or near diagrams run to crude coarse lines they have little place, particularly with vulvas, where a measure of delicacy may be expected. Nor may a pelvic floor or a tube range twice the average thickness, nor a sacrum carry six sections throughout. Then again

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