Long used as a standard textbook in many medical colleges, this volume has been extensively rewritten. An attempt is made to orient the student to obstetrics in relation to society and medicine before consideration of the factual data of the text. Particularly gratifying is the standardization of definitions of various terms commonly used in obstetrics arrived at by agreement between the editors of the various textbooks. The standardized terminology is used throughout the text.
The chapter on toxemias of pregnancy is especially commendable for its clarity and excellence in classification. Since toxemias of pregnancy are now probably the leading cause of maternal mortality and our present methods of treatment are largely prophylactic and symptomatic, future reduction of maternal mortality must be made in this field by better understanding and development of more specific methods of treatment.
The new edition eliminates many of the references to the older works in obstetrics.
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