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November 18, 1983

Adolescent Gynecology: A Guide for Clinicians

Author Affiliations

Northwestern University Medical School (Emeritus) Chicago

JAMA. 1983;250(19):2705. doi:10.1001/jama.1983.03340190097051

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The 12 authors of the 13 chapters composing this book, all of whom are associated with institutions in Philadelphia, have created an interesting work on several aspects of adolescent gynecology.

In the foreword, Edward Wallach asks whether pediatricians or gynecologists should care for the adolescent's gynecologic disorders (but does not answer the question). Alvin Goldfarb, in his pertinent and well-written chapter, "The Initial Encounter," suggests that the physician who has special hours set aside for adolescents and who establishes good rapport with them will be best able to serve young patients. I would add that the physician, regardless of specialty, ought to have had adequate training in gynecologic anatomy, physiology, and pathology—something that should be given to gynecologic, pediatric, and family practice house officers.

The text stresses sexual problems in adolescence with chapters on sexual behavior, contraception, teenage pregnancy, venereal disease, rape, and legal considerations in the treatment of minors.