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January 23, 1960

A Synopsis of Obstetrics and Gynæcology

JAMA. 1960;172(4):401. doi:10.1001/jama.1960.03020040099027

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The 12th edition of this extraordinary book appears five years after the publication of the 11th edition, which required a second printing. This new edition should be received with similar enthusiasm. Although 100 pages of text have been added, the book remains compact, and its bulk has not been increased appreciably. The enlargement of the book is not due to the inclusion of new chapters but rather to the addition of new and supplementary information. The revised edition is astonishingly complete for so small a volume. New concepts have been included, new diagnostic and therapeutic procedures are described, and the descriptions of both gross and microscopic gynecological lesions have been extended. Outmoded concepts have been carefully deleted (excepting that relating to symphysiotomy, which is still presented in most British textbooks). Although the assembling of this enormous material into a small volume was accomplished by using the outline form and involved

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