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April 12, 1965


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From the Guthrie Clinic, Sayre, Pa.

JAMA. 1965;192(2):150-152. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03080150080020

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Gynecotokology  The chief modern trend in obstetrics and gynecology is toward the development of a single specialty concerned with the physiological and emotional functions peculiar to women. This new specialty, we are told, is to be called "gynecotokology." The gynecotokologist will be expected to master genetics, embryology, perinatal pediatrics, many aspects of internal medicine, psychiatry, and endocrinology, as well as obstetrics and gynecology. Obviously, we have progressed far beyond the days when obstetrics was considered midwifery, and gynecology merely a surgical subspecialty.This new development is well represented in two recently published outstanding combined textbooks. In both volumes the emphasis is on the psychophysiology of women, and the details of surgical technique are virtually ignored. The first, John Huffman's Gynecology and Obstetrics (Saunders, 1962, $28), is an encyclopedic volume following the female chronologically from gametogenesis to the grave. It is a fascinating and exceptionally well-written book worthy to be considered

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