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February 22, 1985

The Doctor's Guide to Medication During Pregnancy and Lactation

Author Affiliations

Oregon Health Sciences University Portland


by Larry H. Goldberg and Joann Leahy, 252 pp, paper, $6.95, New York, Quill, 1984.

JAMA. 1985;253(8):1182-1183. doi:10.1001/jama.1985.03350320108036

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This soft-cover book for mothers-to-be or those who breast-feed their infants contains basic information on more than 300 common drugs or pharmaceuticals that can affect the fetus or the nursing infant. The drugs include basic standbys, over-the-counter remedies, hormones, and even some street drugs together with their effects on the unborn, newborn, or nursing offspring. A good index and a glossary, useful to the lay person, are included.

The book is well organized and easy to read. While the opinions are those of the authors (understandably, no references or test data are included), the assessments and recommendations should be acceptable to the great majority of physicians. The coverage would not be adequate for the specialist, but the book could serve as a quick source for answers to patients' questions. The book might even be made available to patients in an office or clinic lending library. The book should aid in