October 16, 1987

Clinical Obstetrics

Author Affiliations

Lake Forest, Ill

Lake Forest, Ill


edited by Carl J. Pauerstein, 1017 pp, with illus, $39.95, New York, John Wiley & Sons Inc, 1987.

JAMA. 1987;258(15):2136-2137. doi:10.1001/jama.1987.03400150128051

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Clinical Obstetrics is a new textbook that achieves its objective of providing comprehensive coverage of current practice in obstetrics. Reading the book was a consistent pleasure.

The 52 contributors are representative of American, Canadian, and British expertise. Despite this variety, an admirable brevity, clarity, and uniformity of style has been achieved. The balance of attention given to new fields of knowledge accurately reflects the requriements of practical office and hospital management. References are timely and complete.

There are separate chapters dealing with induction and stimulation of labor, second-trimester pregnancy loss, premature rupture of the membranes, preterm labor, genetic screening, clinical teratology, malignant disorders in pregnancy, and invasive cardiovascular monitoring, all models of complete yet concise information. Also outstanding are the chapters on the newborn and maternal problems in pregnancy.

The sections on embryology and physiology are perhaps less complete but fully in keeping with the uniform philosophy of the book.