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January 22, 1944

Textbook of Midwifery

JAMA. 1944;124(4):265. doi:10.1001/jama.1944.02850040065032

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This is an outgrowth of the author's lectures and instruction to medical students at St. Bartholomew's Hospital. The material is well organized and presented logically and clearly. It should serve as an admirable textbook for students and practitioners. Although there is a considerable difference in the practice of obstetrics in the United States and Great Britain, fundamental conditions remain the same. Most of the normal cases are under the care of midwives in England, and the majority of women are delivered by general practitioners in this country. For these reasons the author suggests a careful screening of patients so that parturition can be kept as natural as possible in normal women; but when complications arise they should be managed by competent specialists. This text-book, in common with most books in the specialty, retains many time honored practices that have been made obsolete by the advances in medicine and the development

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