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