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December 13, 1930

Practical Midwifery for Nurses.

JAMA. 1930;95(24):1859. doi:10.1001/jama.1930.02720240069041

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In Britain nurses are trained as midwives to attend women during pregnancy and in normal labor. This training includes experience in making vaginal examinations as well as external manipulations for diagnosis. Solomons' book, accordingly is much more explicit than American texts in describing the conduct of labor and detailed in just what the nurse-midwife may and may not be called on to do. It is in reality an abbreviated "Tweedy's" which Solomons edited in 1929 and which we reviewed most favorably in these columns a year ago. The text is well illustrated, the print large, and the paper of high grade. In the conduct of labor the nurse is warned to make as few vaginal examinations as possible and is advised to use the method of "external vaginal examination" for determining the progress of the presenting part. This is done by finger pressure in the area between the anus and

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