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July 13, 1901

A Text-Book of Gynecology

JAMA. 1901;XXXVII(2):124-125. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470280048018

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Abstract

This is a composite book—a book with many authors. It is the kind that the average book agent will insist is, and must be, good because so many good men have contributed to it. The reviewer believes that, as a rule, the opposite is true, viz., that when the responsibility is divided the result is likely to be as the meal prepared by many cooks. However, in the book before us the editor has come as near to eliminating the objections to a composite book as one could wish. While there are thirty-one contributors, a thorough editorial revision has made a uniformity of style and expression throughout that would have been impossible with such a large number of contributors had this not been made. The awkwardness, the lack of continuity of thought, and the repetition that is so common when many contributors write on allied subjects, have all been eliminated.

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