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December 17, 1973

The Biology of the Cervix

JAMA. 1973;226(12):1468. doi:10.1001/jama.1973.03230120050029

This book, a compendium of papers presented at an international symposium supported by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and the Population Council, presents a synthesis of modern knowledge regarding the role of the cervix in reproduction and emphasizes areas that require future investigation. Thirty authors have contributed 24 chapters. Major topics considered are embryology, anatomy, and histology of the cervix; biochemical and biophysical studies of cervical tissues and secretions; and the effects of fertility, pregnancy, and contraception on the cervix.

Blandau has contributed an important and intriguing chapter on sperm transport through the mammalian cervix and Moghissi has complemented this with a chapter on sperm migration through the human cervix. The chapter on the effects of oral contraceptives on the cervix is of practical importance and clarifies much of the misleading data published during the past decade. Biodynamics of the cervix during pregnancy and labor is