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November 17, 1917

Obstetrics for Nurses.

JAMA. 1917;LXIX(20):1730. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.02590470070029

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The author has prepared a practical and complete manual of obstetrics for nurses. The subject is taken up in the usual order, a small amount of space being devoted to anatomy and physiology, followed by a discussion of normal and abnormal pregnancy, labor and puerperium; operations; complications; infection; a large section on the care of the child and infant feeding; an extensive list of diets and formulas; solutions; a therapeutic index, and a glossary. The book is well illustrated. It is interesting to find that the author recommends morphin and scopolamin for the first stage of labor, and gas for the second stage, with a change to chloroform and ether just before the completion of the second stage. The section on the care of the child is hardly up to the standard of the first part of the book. The author recommends a mixture of asafetida or whisky and hot

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