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November 18, 1950

Safeguarding Motherhood

JAMA. 1950;144(12):1044-1045. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02920120068043

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During recent years a number of small books and pamphlets have been written to better acquaint prospective mothers with the childbearing process. There is an implication that the more a patient knows the better she will cooperate with her physician and that the latter, in turn, will be relieved of many tedious explanations. Dr. De Lee's manual undoubtedly will receive a favorable reception from patients and from physicians who employ a handbook of instructions.

A few sentences warrant correction. As frequently occurs in transposing scientific terminology to a language intelligible to the layman, clarity may be sacrificed and meanings distorted. "Menstrual period" is used in one instance to signify the duration of a single monthly period and, on the following page, the entire menarche-to-menopause span. There is no convincing evidence for the contention that the presence of colostrum early in pregnancy "makes it highly probable that the baby can be

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