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July 10, 1937

Le chirurgien devant l'état puerpéral: Grossesse, accouchement, suites de couches

JAMA. 1937;109(2):158. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780280064033

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The author attempts to acquaint surgeons with the knowledge they should have concerning the care of women during pregnancy, labor and the puerperium. Some of the subjects dealt with in the eighteen chapters are the physiology and anatomy of the puerperal state, the diagnosis of pregnancy, extra-uterine gestation, abortion, obstetric injuries, complications during pregnancy, puerperal infections, anesthesia for women in labor, obstetric operations with which surgeons should be familiar, and operations on the new-born. The necessity for such a book is debatable, because all the subjects in it are discussed in detail in all standard textbooks of obstetrics. However, this volume may be of value to general surgeons who have no special interest in obstetric cases but who nevertheless must act as consultants in such cases because of the absence of specialists in obstetrics in their locality. The book is well written and demonstrates that the author, who is an

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