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March 21, 1986

Scientific Basis of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Author Affiliations

Northwestern University Medical Center Chicago

JAMA. 1986;255(11):1508. doi:10.1001/jama.1986.03370110130043

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This fine volume contains 14 chapters dealing with various topics in obstetrics and gynecology. The objective is to convey to the reader an understanding of the scientific basis of the specialty, enabling students to further their development and clinicians to understand advances in subjects not even in the curriculum when they were students. In general, the authors succeed in their task. This volume is well edited and well written. Each chapter has a clear outline preceding the text. The bibliographies and reference lists are extensive and up-to-date.

The chapters "Prostaglandins," "Ultrasound," "Natural History of the Origin of Cervical Cancer," and "Radiobiology of Ionizing Radiation Therapy" are clearly written by experts with international reputations.

The chapters "Sexual Dysfunction" and "Medical Ethics" are important contributions to these relatively little-taught but increasingly important topics. The former, by Parsons and Dodd, contains an excellent presentation covering the anatomy and physiology of human sexual response,