The present volume, written by a single author, is designed as a student text and as a reference book of gynecology. The author has been aided by the environment of the Free Hospital for Women and in his writing has wisely incorporated the observations of others at his institution.
The 11 chapters are coherent and easy to read. In addition to the traditional chapters on the vulva, vagina, cervix, uterine corpus, oviduct, and ovary, there are separate chapters devoted to endometriosis, infertility, steroid therapy, and cytogenetics. The chapter on steroid therapy is outstanding. It not only gives a brief résumé of basic steroid chemistry, and a summation of the pharmacology and physiology of androgens, estrogens, progesterone, and synthetic progestins, but also defines the use of the common steroids available today. Dr. Kistner emphasizes hormonal therapy in dysfunctional uterine bleeding, endometriosis, and primary dysmenorrhea. The therapy is justified and will obviate