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May 21, 1955

Clinical Measurement of Uterine Forces in Pregnancy and Labor

JAMA. 1955;158(3):236. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02960030086029

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This is an excellently written treatise on uterine activity in pregnancy and in labor. The senior author, who has devoted much of his scientific life to the dynamics of uterine physiology, is eminently qualified to present the known data on this aspect of obstetrics. The book is divided into four major sections. The first deals with the historical background and basis for the development of the science of tokodynamometry. The second is devoted to a description of tokodynamometers and their use, which while interesting is perhaps too detailed for the average reader. The following section presents the physiology of uterine contractions during pregnancy and in normal and abnormal labors. Normal and abnormal patterns of uterine contractions are described, illustrated, and evaluated in the light of their clinical significance. This section should be of interest to every progressive clinician who does obstetrics. The concluding section discusses the effects of psyche and

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