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June 8, 1935

Propédeutique obstétricale

JAMA. 1935;104(23):2121. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760230069034

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These two books are part of a series written for medical students. In the first of the two volumes the author discusses fertilization, the pregnant uterus, the development of the ovum, the clinical examination of a pregnant woman, normal labor, presentation and contracted pelves. In the second volume he takes up the pathology of reproduction, dystocia, puerperal infection, pathology of the new-born and obstetric operations. Readers are informed that, because of the necessity for keeping the size of the books down to a minimum only contemporary French obstetricians are quoted and unusual conditions had to be omitted. While the author successfully adhered to his first intention, he frequently forgot his second plan. The first part of the second book contains discussions of numerous rarities in obstetric practice. The illustrations are few and of poor quality. The second book allots thirty-six pages to the subject of obstetric operations, and one fourth

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