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February 28, 1977

The Human Female Reproductive Tract: A Scanning Electron Microscopic Atlas

Author Affiliations

American Medical Association Chicago

JAMA. 1977;237(9):904. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03270360066029

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The authors have employed scanning electron microscopy to provide new insight into the microanatomy of the female genital tract. The beautifully produced book, with magnificent illustrations, covers in systematic fashion the "surface" appearance of the epithelium from the vagina to the ovary, under various conditions. The atlas shows the surface patterns of vagina, ectocervix and endocervix, endometrium, tubes, and ovary, under various hormonal conditions and anatomical states. A substantial portion of the book is given to the placenta.

In the plates, each covering a single topic, the authors provide successive increases in magnification, from approximately 200 up to 5,000 or 10,000. The viewer derives a sense of structure of fantastic clarity and depth. A modest amount of text is given on pages facing the illustrations. The quality of the photographs is superb, the legends are clear and informative, and the whole book is an artistic triumph, as well as an