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March 16, 1901

Physical Diagnosis in Obstetrics.

JAMA. 1901;XXXVI(11):753. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470110055026

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This work is meant to serve as a guide to physicians and undergraduates in the examination of pregnant, parturient and puerperal women. It is, indeed, an elaborated case-taking chart, emphasizing all important points to which attention should be directed in the study of clinical obstetrics. In the training of medical students, in most schools of America, less care is given to practical and bedside obstetrical teaching than to any other branch of medicine. The facilities for the imparting of thorough instruction are scanty, and teaching methods are crude and undeveloped. Dr. Ayers has done good service in showing how much can be done by a competent and conscientious teacher who desires to give his students something besides systematic didactic lectures. It is a pity that the book is not printed in better style. Most of the illustrations are badly reproduced and several qualities of paper are used. The work is

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