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October 24, 1977

Pathology of the Female Genital Tract

Author Affiliations

Harvard Medical School Boston

JAMA. 1977;238(17):1853-1854. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03280180057034

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This large-folio, 3-kg volume is edited by Ancel Blaustein, who contributes six of the 39 chapters. It follows the usual pattern of gynecologic and obstetric pathology books with discussions of vulva, vagina, cervix, endometrium, myometrium, tubes, and ovaries. There are six chapters devoted to the anatomy and pathology of pregnancy, including gestational-trophoblastic disease. Additional chapters discuss embryology, malformations, the hormones of the menstrual cycle, disorders of sex differentiation, assay of the amniotic fluid for maturational and genetic aberrations, cytology, the gross description and processing of obstetric and gynecologic tissues. The two last chapters discuss induced and naturally occurring tumors of the genital tract in animals.

The chapters vary considerably in excellence, but all those on gynecologic pathology are encyclopedic, presenting complete discussions, including minutiae and rarities. The chapters on the vulva and vagina and particularly those on the cervix by Alex Ferenczy, on the epithelial tumors of the ovary by