Gynecologic Disorders: Differential Diagnosis and Therapy

Arthur G. King, MD
JAMA. 1982;247(20):2833-2834. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03320450065044.
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According to its opening chapter, this volume "attempts to accomplish in written format what we do orally when instructing house officers and medical students." The concept is admirable, but the result does not quite achieve its purpose. The plan was to demonstrate the reasoning that the gynecologist uses to arrive at a diagnosis from the presenting complaints of the patient and the findings on physical examination and from laboratory reports. In addition to the effort to teach teachers how to teach, however, in large part the contents include standard textbook material.

Given the scope of the subject and the disparate experience of the readers to whom the text is addressed, the presentation is a mixture of sketchy outlines and detailed explanations, as if the lecturer were dealing with an audience of third-year medical students and distinguished gynecologic specialists. The same section contains both the information that the normal menstrual cycle


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