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August 12, 1983

Essentials of Gynecologic and Obstetric Pathology

Author Affiliations

Michael Reese Hospital Abraham Lincoln School of Medicine University of Illinois Chicago

JAMA. 1983;250(6):831. doi:10.1001/jama.1983.03340060097046

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In view of the phenomenal current advances in all aspects of our profession, there is always a need for another book in obstetric and gynecologic pathology. This small book, attractively bound, is an attempt at filling this need.

I find myself troubled, however, mainly for two reasons. First, it is not clear which direction the author wanted his book to go. I could have made peace with it if he had entitled it "A Compendium of Surgical Pathology in Gynecologic and Obstetric Disease," because that is what it really is, a tome of the clinical and pathological aspects of various disease processes in our specialty of obstetrics and gynecology, including occasional recommendations for management. Second, and of greater importance, the value of a book that deals with pathology to any extent is really only as good as its illustrations, which should be graphically clear representations of the text. That means