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October 19, 1984

Principles and Practice of Clinical Gynecology

Author Affiliations

Interfaith Medical Center State University of New York Downstate Medical Center Brooklyn, NY

JAMA. 1984;252(15):2073. doi:10.1001/jama.1984.03350150067029

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The literature has been replete with the staid standard textbooks of gynecology. Here, indeed, is a book not only written about and in part by women, but also beautifully dedicated to two women—the authors' wives. Besides the usual chapters on anatomy, reproduction, endocrinology, and malignancy, there is one on "Women in Modern Society," with four parts— "Legal Issues in Gynecology and Obstetrics," "Femaleness," "Sexuality," and "Rape."

"Legal Issues in Gynecology and Obstetrics," is by Angela Holder, associate clinical professor of pediatrics (law) and counsel for medicolegal affairs at Yale. Dr Holder sets the theme by stating that the overriding standard of care is simple respect for the patient's dignity and personhood. That ethical principle is the source of all the patient's legal rights. Dr Holder discusses abortion, prenatal diagnosis, amniocentesis, genetic counseling, abandonment, and advice to minors.

Another chapter by Mary Swigar, Department of Psychiatry at Yale, discusses basic aspects