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February 7, 1986

Pathology in Gynecology and Obstetrics

JAMA. 1986;255(5):663. doi:10.1001/jama.1986.03370050105037

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Pathology in Gynecology and Obstetrics seeks to "unite the practitioners and residents [in pathology and obstetrics-gynecology] in their understanding of the nature, etiology, and evolution of disease processes involving the female genital tract." This is a lofty goal—the need for such unity is great.

Economics and clinical practice patterns are separating some clinicians and pathologists so completely that they not only lack the common understanding that comes from têteà-têtes over the microscope, but also fail to become acquainted through mutual participation in medical staff activities. As molecular pathology (immunohistochemistry of marker proteins, hormone receptor assays, cellular DNA quantitation, and tissue localization of viral molecules) gains clinical relevance and moves from basic research to clinical practice, added jargon and concepts threaten further to hinder communication. Never before has common understanding been more essential to optimize management of the patients served mutually by these two specialties.

In this difficult era for textual