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March 5, 1927

The Abdomen in Labour: Being a General Practitioner's Clinical Study of the Parturient Abdomen.

JAMA. 1927;88(10):748-749. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02680360060034

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This little book is interesting mainly in the side light it throws on obstetric practice in Britain. It deals with external examination of the abdomen in labor and presents facts that are the rudiments of obstetric teaching in this country and on the continent. In our textbooks and in our schools, abdominal inspection and palpation are taught thoroughly. That this essay should have been awarded a prize by the British Medical Association in 1926 indicates that even as late as this the first principles of obstetric diagnosis have not permeated the body of midwifery practitioners in that country any more deeply than they have in our own. The booklet is a plea for abdominal inspection and palpation in labor, and for the substitution of the dorsal, lithotomy, posture for the "usual obstetric position"—the patient curled up on her side— during labor. The author sets forth clearly the safety and comfort

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