Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media
edited by Steven G. Gabbe, Jennifer R. Niebyl, and Joye Leigh Simpson, 4th ed, 1348 pp, with illus, $115, ISBN 0-443-07690-1, New York, NY, Churchill Livingstone, 1996.
In the preface to the first edition, the editors stated the hope that the textbook be "a reference source for the general practice of obstetrics. . . and for those in fellowship programs in maternal-fetal medicine." The new edition strives laudably to fulfill this aim but does not always succeed when editorial supervision of multiple authors fails to impose consistency.
Before an account of the shortcomings of the book, praise is due for the wide compass of the subject matter. Separate sections cover anatomy and physiology, prenatal care, intrapartum care, postpartum care, complicated pregnancies, pregnancy and coexisting disease, pregnancy termination, and legal and ethical issues in obstetric practice. The majority of the chapters are well-written, cutting-edge accounts of their subjects.
ObstetricsObstetrics: Normal and Problem Pregnancies. JAMA. 1998;279(11):886-887. doi:10.1001/jama.279.11.886-JBK0318-2-1