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Article
November 18, 1974

Clinical Gynaecology: Integration of Structure and Function

Author Affiliations

Harvard Medical School Boston

JAMA. 1974;230(7):1066. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03240070088051

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Abstract

This book is written primarily for medical students but should be of value to residents in obstetrics and gynecology, and general surgery. The authors have attempted to blend a basic science (anatomy) with a clinical discipline (gynecology) and thus integrate structure and function of the female organs. They have been eminently successful in presenting this novel approach.

The book format employs a terse almost summary-like description of specific anatomic areas followed by similarly crisp comments of clinical importance. For example, after the perineal musculature has been discussed, the importance of relaxation is cited in picturesque fashion. "When the vulval orifice gapes excessively sudden body movements may result in air entering and being forcibly and audibly expelled from the vagina. This embarrassing condition has aptly been labelled `garrulity' of the vagina."

Numerous excellent illustrations have comparable economy of line and serve to clarify the anatomic descriptions. The clinical and operative application

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