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October 18, 1930

A Textbook for Midwives.

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By John S. Fairbairn, M.A., B.M., B.Ch., Consulting Obstetric Physician, St. Thomas's Hospital and General Lying-In Hospital, York Road, S.E. Fifth edition. Cloth. Price, $8. Pp. 269, with 119 illustrations. New York: Oxford University Press, 1930.

JAMA. 1930;95(16):1200. doi:10.1001/jama.1930.02720160060036

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Abstract

This is a closely printed, copiously and well illustrated book on obstetrics, intended for English-speaking midwives but one that meets no need in this country. It is about half way between textbooks for nurses and the students' manual. Twenty-nine pages are devoted to the general subjects of anatomy, physiology and bacteriology which might have been left to appropriate textbooks, and thirty-eight are given to the reproductive organs. The description of the mechanism of labor, complicated still further by its presentation as occurring in the side position, is hardly understandable by one not fortified with a knowledge of physics and anatomy. The treatment of all the complications of obstetric practice as presented in the volume is sensible, and agreeable to the latest advances in the art; but one must regret that conditions still exist in which unlearned and unpracticed women are placed in situations where they have to attempt such dangerous

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