May 16, 1931

Operative Obstetrics on the Manikin for Students and Practitioners.

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By Charles B. Reed, M.D., F.A.C.S., Associate Professor of Obstetrics, Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago. Cloth. Price, $4. Pp. 314, with 254 illustrations. Philadelphia: P. Blakiston's Son & Company, Inc., 1931.

JAMA. 1931;96(20):1724. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02720460070037

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This is the first book in English devoted almost exclusively to the use of the manikin for the teaching of operative obstetrics. There is nothing new in the book because practically all the material contained in it may be found in the standard textbooks on this subject. All but a few illustrations were taken from textbooks on obstetrics and the large majority were reproduced from books by foreign authors. A few of the illustrations might well have been omitted; for example, the one showing the use of the Bossi metal dilator, which is a dangerous instrument (p. 209), and the one showing a high lateral episiotomy, which increases the size of the outlet only a little (p. 38). The author illustrates the classic cesarean section as the abdominal operation of choice. He gives the impression that the terms "low cervical cesarean section" and "extraperitoneal section" are synonymous and later says

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