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May 23, 1959

Principles of Gynaecology

JAMA. 1959;170(4):503-504. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.03010040099029

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This book is intended primarily for the under-graduate, but its complete coverage should make it of value to the hospital resident and general practitioner. It is an exceptionally comprehensive, lucid, and practical presentation, with particular emphasis on the psychological and medical rather than the surgical aspects of obstetrics and gynecology. A wide range of subjects is covered, including history-taking, ovarian function, infertility, backache, pregnancy, abortion, and dysmenorrhea and other gynecologic conditions, not only from the pathological aspects but also from the emotional side. Neglected areas such as hysterectomy and its aftermath and preoperative and postoperative management are emphasized. There are excellent sections on female urology and proctology. The pathology of menstruation, breast function, and tumors of the reproductive tract is described in detail. Ample illustrations are provided. Intersexuality, pseudohermaphroditism, and neuroendocrinologic changes involving ovulation and menstruation are adequately covered. The text contains sound premarital advice and discusses contraception and

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