Gynecologic Diagnosis

1909 Journal of the American Medical Association  
Inasmuch as discoveries which were made subsequent to the publication of some of the papers necessarily modify some of the conclusions expressed, certain addenda have been made for the purpose of correcting the original interpretations. The material has been so modified and arranged as to secure a consecutive presentation. The volume represents a type of publication which ought to be encouraged. A number of laboratories in this country and abroad have each followed some particular line of
more » ... cular line of inves¬ tigation for a series of years, and they may safely be con¬ sidered as experts in their respective lines of work. Conse¬ quently; a volume which presents the work which one of them has actually covered, and which treats analytically of the work of others in the same line, should stand as an authorita¬ tive treatise on the subject. Such a publication, furthermore, provides a monument to the men and the laboratory concerned in the original work. The "Collected Studies on Immunity" by Ehrlich and his co-workers is a splendid example of this type of publication. This is a translation of a well-known German work, but, unlike many translations, it would be difficult to distinguish it from an original work in English. This edition has been entirely rewritten and the text has been brought up to date. The number of illustrations of the original is almost doubled and many old drawings have been replaced by photogravures. The work is arranged in three parts, comprising general diagnosis, specific diagnosis and analytic diagnosis. The first part deals with the modern methods of diagnosis, external and internal, including the methods of using vaginal and rectal specula, cystoscopy, bacteriologic methods and radiography. Obsolete methods have been excluded. The second part, on specific diagnosis, is probably the most important of the three. It starts with the description of normal findings and then takes up deviations, abnormalities and diseased conditions. The third part deals with the methods of arriving at diagnosis by reasoning from the history given by the patient and by exclusion. In this part of the book are discussed the various disorders of menstruation, hemorrhage, sterility, ab¬ dominal tumors, etc. This valuable book is to be commended.
doi:10.1001/jama.1909.02550040065021 fatcat:5ukqwckwsrhq7oxozxk3xjjyre