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January 27, 1951

Modern Trends in Obstetrics and Gynaecology

JAMA. 1951;145(4):270. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.02920220078030

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This book was written by a large number of obstetricians and gynecologists, the majority of whom are British. There are 50 chapters, each covering a separate subject. The customary aspects of obstetrics and gynecology are covered, and there is material on related problems, such as statistical and genetic problems, psychological factors in obstetrics and gynecology, radioisotopes in research, social factors in obstetrics and the law in relation to obstetrics and gynecology.

Because so many authors contributed to this book, the allotment of space is uneven; many chapters are too short and others too long. For example, the chapter on operative obstetrics, which includes forceps delivery, occiput posterior positions, breech delivery, twins, flying squads, episiotomy, surgical induction of labor and cesarean section occupies only 13 pages, but the chapter on the cytology of the uterine epithelia (excluding the cervix) occupies 20 pages, and the chapter on the cytology of the vaginal

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