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January 9, 1937

A Textbook of Obstetrics

JAMA. 1937;108(2):142-143. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780020060028

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The author has succeeded in writing a book on obstetrics which seems to omit little, if anything, of much practical importance. It is about half the size of the usual textbook of obstetrics. This has been accomplished by leaving out discussions of unproved theories and limiting those on the historical side of obstetrics. Great weight has been given to the mechanics of childbirth and its common complications, but the rarer conditions are only briefly sketched. The book is well illustrated. Among the numerous and fitting illustrations, one recognizes many that have been adapted from other books, but always with the proper credit line. There are chapters on the physiology of the fetus, the physiology of pregnancy, the diagnosis of pregnancy, the anatomy and physiology of labor, and the conduct of labor. In the chapter on analgesia and anesthesia in obstetrics, it is stated that the morphine-scopolamine combination was first advocated

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