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November 7, 1990

Danforth's Obstetrics and Gynecology

Author Affiliations

Bluefield, WVa

Bluefield, WVa

JAMA. 1990;264(17):2295. doi:10.1001/jama.1990.03450170143045

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Approximately 150 years ago no person had ever traveled faster than a horse could run. Since then knowledge and technology have increased at a logarithmic rate. Today, obstetrician-gynecologists are tested for board certification. This testing routinely includes questions that were not even being asked two years earlier when the obstetrician-gynecologist finished residency. In spite of this explosion of knowledge and technology, it is the stated aim of this textbook "to cover the modern practice of obstetrics and gynecology as concisely and completely as possible and with maximum authority" (preface). The four doctors who have been brave enough to attempt that challenge are professors and chairs of obstetrics-gynecology departments at four universities. They have written and co-authored one third of the chapters in this book. In an attempt to truly cover the field with maximum authority, they have enlisted 61 additional experts.

They have made some very happy choices. For example,