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September 5, 1977

Operative Surgery: Fundamental International Techniques, Gynecology and Obstetrics

JAMA. 1977;238(10):1076. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03280110080035

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Although subtitled "Fundamental International Techniques," this volume on gynecology and obstetrics, one of 18 in the series of publications on operative surgery, is essentially British. The book describes a number of well known procedures long identified with German or American gynecologists and presents minor local variations without, however, indicating either the substance or reasons for modifications of the original presentations. The chief criticism of the volume is that the procedures, techniques, and philosophy for each of the many operations are peculiarly those of the particular contributor for what amounts to a "standard" case.

One American and ten English writers describe 34 groups of gynecologic or obstetrics procedures. Each is superbly illustrated by a number of uncluttered and easily followed line and wash drawings, but the text is far too brief. The editor has almost completely eliminated any topographical anatomy, and has also omitted entirely any physiological and pathological considerations, It