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December 5, 1936

A Manual of Practical Obstetrics

JAMA. 1936;107(23):1917. doi:10.1001/jama.1936.02770490071042

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This manual is devoted entirely to practical obstetrics. The illustrations are simple, mostly line drawings, but effective in bringing out the facts to be illustrated. The text is concise and readable and brings out the essential points. The book is not entirely adapted to the American practitioner, as a terminology is employed that is not commonly used in the United States. Some of the illustrations and text describe operations in the lateral posture, which position is seldom used here. Some operations are described which are seldom if ever employed in this country, such as pubiotomy for dystocia and jejunostomy for cases of hyperemesis. The incorporation of chapters on blood typing and obstetric radiology is of definite value. The treatment of various conditions differs in many instances from that generally employed in this country; for example, the use of tents for dilatiǒn of the uterine cervix is almost obsolete, and forcible

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