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February 19, 1992

Obstetrics: Normal and Problem Pregnancies

Author Affiliations

Louisiana State University School of Medicine New Orleans


edited by Steven G. Gabbe, Jennifer R. Niebyl, and Joe Leigh Simpson, 2nd ed, 1409 pp, with illus, $84.95, ISBN 0-443-08714-8, New York, NY, Churchill Livingstone, 1991.

JAMA. 1992;267(7):998. doi:10.1001/jama.1992.03480070114043

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No book is perfect, but some, including this one, come close. The outstanding first edition of Gabbe, Niebyl, and Simpson is evolving into a definitive text-book of maternal-fetal medicine.

There are many successful editorial special effects in the book. Summary highlight boxes of critical information are a little distracting but offer flashes of insight on critical subjects and mark the site of in-depth reading resources. The exquisite, meticulous illustrations of Mickey Senkarik deserve special commendation. Clear reproductions of ultrasound images and photographs complement the drawings and add to the value of the book as a teaching tool. The complete and current bibliographic citations are valuable reference sources for the student and practitioner.

The new edition increases the emphasis on the maternal in maternal-fetal medicine. A sturdy section of 11 chapters deals with "Pregnancy and Co-existing Diseases." These chapters are useful, but medical disorders are not treated with the breadth of