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June 28, 1952

Psychosomatic Gynecology: Including Problems of Obstetrical Care

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By William S. Kroger, M.D., Assistant Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Chicago Medical School, Chicago, and S. Charles Freed, M.D. Cloth. $8. Pp. 503. W. B. Saunders Company, 218 W. Washington Sq., Philadelphia 5; 7 Grape St., Shaftesbury Ave., London, W.C.2, 1951.

JAMA. 1952;149(9):903. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.02930260105028

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In this book, an attempt is made to consider the entire range of psychological problems confronting the female in the processes that relate to her adjustment or maladjustment to reproduction and sex. The book begins with a discussion of the Freudian concepts of psychosexual development. The chapter on the psychosomatic aspects of pregnancy has been done by Grantly Dick Read and is less critical than one might wish. This sets the tone for two subsequent chapters by the authors on the psychodynamics of pregnancy, parturition, and the postpartum period and on hypnosis and the psychological aspects of analgesia and anesthesia in labor. A large variety of pathological conditions in pregnancy are considered from a psychiatric point of view. Gynecologic problems are similarly considered. Homosexuality and nymphomania are given separate handling, and here the authors are on firm ground. The sections on the psychological aspects of retroversion of the uterus, birth

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