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Chorionic Gonadotropin: A Narrative of Its Identification and Origin and the Role of Georgeanna Seegar Jones

Jones, Howard W. Jr MD

Obstetrical & Gynecological Survey: January 2007 - Volume 62 - Issue 1 - p 1-3
doi: 10.1097/01.ogx.0000236847.07243.52
History Of Obstetrics And Gynecology

The following article on the history of human chorionic gonadotropin is interesting on several levels. I hope that you will enjoy the first-hand description of the events surrounding the discovery of site of origin of this important pregnancy-related hormone as told by Dr. Howard Jones Jr., husband of the late Georgeanna Seegar Jones. They were both editors of the SURVEY for more than 25 years. In today's world of microarray and PCR technology it is fun to hear about the progress of science using tissue culture and mouse assays. But this story is also about the progress we have made on the human level. At a time when well over 50% of the residents in Obstetrics and Gynecology are women, it is astounding to think that in 1938 Mom's name would have been listed as “G. Emory Seegar” on this important paper because it was felt that the paper would not be accepted for publication if one of the authors was a woman!—HWJ III

Professor Emeritus, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, Virginia, and Professor Emeritus, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland

Address correspondence to: Howard W. Jones, Jr., MD, 601 Colley Avenue, Norfolk, VA 23507. E-mail:

© 2007 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.