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February 1970

The Ovary.

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San Antonio, Tex

Arch Intern Med. 1970;125(2):364-365. doi:10.1001/archinte.1970.00310020170033

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The title of this book might more accurately have been "Topics of Current Interest in Reproductive Endocrinology"; the subject matter of the 18 chapters varies from "Social, Moral and Historic Aspects of Conception Control" to "Metabolism of Ovarian Steroid Hormones." The American contributors to this volume offer nothing that they have not said elsewhere and better. The chapter by Dorfman on steroid metabolism probably hits an all-time low for this prolific writer, and the well-worn sections by Greenblatt and his colleagues display their customary bias in presentation of data and selection of references.

The European contributions, such as a sensible evaluation of the utility of steroid analysis in the study of ovarian function (Sommerville), or the summaries of personal experience with gonadotropic therapy (Crooke, Lunenfeld) are straightforward, detailed, and useful. However, the latter articles fall in the unhappy middle ground between a general section for the uninformed and a technical

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