Charles Dodd% Press. $3.00.
small book comprises the five lectures given by the author in 1956, at the School of Stanford University. To a large degree, the book is a historical outline of the study of endocrinology, but some of the clinical applications are described. Especially interesting are the two chapters on the agricultural applications of the hormones, particularly estrogen and the discovery of aldosterone. The latter is of interest because of its newness. There is nothing very outstanding about the book, hoffever, and it offers very little for the clinician.
Die Pathogenese des Morbus Disease of the Newborn). Verlag. $2.30.
By G. Martius. 70 pages. Stuttgart, States, New York, Intercontinental
of Hemolytic Georg Book
This book is divided into two almost equal parts. The first section reviews critically, at length and in some detail, the previous literature on the pathogenesis of hemolytic disease of the newborn and discusses the present knowledge on antigen and antibody transfer across the placenta. It is particularly emphasized that antigens of the ABO system are not present in the blood-free placenta. The second section deals largely with a group of experiments which are well covered by controls which show that: 1. Conglutinating
fants. 2. Agglutinating anti-Rh sera undergo nonspecific 3. There is no Rh antigen in the umbilical cord
reactions or in the
unrelated to Rh antigens. serum of Rh-positive sub-
jects. In histologic examination of erythroblastotic disease only in the stroma, based on intravascular persistence of two layers of epithelium is considered conclusions are drawn:
placentas the author found evidence of reaction of antibody and antigen. The to be a lack of aging. The following
1. There is no Rh antigen in the placenta. 2. The healthy placenta, in the absence of trauma, is a barrier to sensitization of the mother. However, trauma to placental vessels is always present at the time of labor and delivery. 3. The erythroblastotic placenta permits fetal erythrocytes to cross to the maternal blood stream, giving a reinforcing reaction and, hence, rising antibody titers. 4. Minimal (0.5 c.c.) blood administration is enough to sensitize the mother.
The material techniques
is presented were rigorously
of Gynaecology. 7, India,
with great exact.
By K. Popular
Masani. Book Depot.
A second edition of Masani’s Textbook of Gynaecology is complete, authoritative, and written in a very agreeable, simplified, concise manner which should appeal to the reader. The author has retained much of the basic material of the original text but has elaborated moro thoroughly on many entities and has added all the newer aspects of gynecologic disease in the present, edition. In addition to the usual gynecologic entities, it covers the related subjects such as anatomy, embryology, physiology, endocrinology, and psychology. As in the previous edition the author has laid special emphasis on clinical diagnosis and
treatmont. Differential diagnosis work. The differences in clinical in other Eastern countries have t,he subject in 14 major sections,
has hetn given in detail to avoid pitfalls in clinical gynecology in Western countries and in India and generali? been emphasized. The author provides wide euverage of 52 chapters, arrd 775 pages.
An excellent feature of the book is a short historical account given as a preface to all major subjects discussed. The section on “History and Examination” emphasizes diagnostic aids and cancer detection, including cytology. The presentation of subjects is orderly and detailed. The reviewer is particularly impressed with the section on applied physiology in which a composite account is given of the different epochs of a woman’s life. The author has paid particular attention to the psychological considerations in gynecologic practice. He devotes a chapter to the orientation of the gynecologist to the impact of social, psychological, and environmental factors in the causation of some of the disorders Carcinoma of the cervix is particularly well handled and commonly seen in his practice. is thoroughly discussed, especially the chapters dealing with the various techniques and results of radium therapy and irradiation versus surgical treatment. There is a. section on operative gynecology in which the techniques of the most caommon procedures are given in detail. Pre- and postoperative care is also discussed. Although gynecologic pathology has not been emphasized in this text, the author includes enough basic information to meet the minimum requirements of undergraduate students. Unfortunately, many of the photographic illustrations are indistinct, and perhaps the author should provide more and better illustrations in the future editions. Many diagrams, however, particularly those illustrating the steps of operations, adequately suppleIn most sections of the book, the author has provided a ment the written material. satisfactory bibliography of important contributions at the end of each chapter, for graduates appearing for higher examinations and practitioners who desire to read in detail Certain subjects, however, are inadequately some of the advanced aspects of the subject. documented with current reference mat,erial. These points are minor in mentioned. Although there are acceptable to the severest critic.
an otherwise excellent book, a few scattered typographical
but perhaps they errors, the text