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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Patricia T Jimenez, MD (Washington University School of Medicine)
Description: As the title states, this book tells the story of endometriosis. It describes the findings, beliefs, and developments of many of the physicians who were pioneers in the field of endometriosis.
Purpose: The purpose is to tell the history of the intellectual development of physicians interested in endometriosis and their influence on each other and the field. This book enables readers to frame our current understanding of endometriosis in the context of what has come before.
Audience: It is written for historians and physicians, and it specifically targets those with an interest in the history of medicine. While it is very thorough, it is also quite dense, making it a little difficult to read. Some of this is due to the use of quotes from primary sources, in which the language is not modern.
Features: The book covers the discoveries and influence of several significant physicians on the disease of endometriosis beginning in the mid-1700s. It is well researched and includes several primary sources. Although images or illustrations are not necessary, they could have added some insight to the time periods, especially given the dense nature of the text.
Assessment: While it is useful to put current knowledge in the context of what has been done in the past, it does not add to today's scientific discoveries. However, this is a well-referenced and excellently written historical account of an important medical topic we are still trying to fully comprehend.