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The distinguishing characteristic of this undergraduate textbook is its illustrations. Several fine line drawings are found on almost every page. They should simplify the student's introduction to obstetrics.
The arrangement of the subject matter is similar to that of most other obstetrical texts. Emphasis is placed on the physiology of reproduction and gestation, obstetric anatomy, prophylactic prenatal care, the early diagnosis of diseases concurrent with and peculiar to pregnancy, and the mechanism of normal labor. There are excellent chapters on malpositions, malpresentations, and anomalies and complications of labor and the puerperium. An exceptionally good chapter on vaginal bleeding during pregnancy presents the subject in a novel and refreshing fashion. Axis traction forceps are unknown to the many modern obstetricians, or, if known, are derided. It will, therefore, be gratifying to those who knew Frederick Irving to note that the authors state that Milne Murry's axis traction forceps (somewhat similar to
Huffman JW. Obstetrics Illustrated. JAMA. 1970;211(10):1702. doi:10.1001/jama.1970.03170100064028