Book Reviews
May 1933

Lectures on Midwifery and Infant Care.

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By T. F. Corkill, M.D., M.R.P. (Ed.). Price, 12s, 6d. Pp. 419. Wellington, New Zealand: Coulls Somervill Wilkie, Ltd., 1932.

Am J Dis Child. 1933;45(5):1153. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1933.01950180225021

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This book was written primarily for nurses and midwives. The detail with which certain problems of the management of labor and medical therapeutics are described suggests that nurses in New Zealand are permitted to execute measures the performance of which by them, at least in this country, would seem to be intolerable. The acknowledgment by the author that "many of our nurses are already generally trained, and, having a high standard of knowledge, enquire full information" does not seem to justify such an attitude. This criticism must be reversed if the book is to be used, as the author hopes, by medical students and physicians. For this group there is insufficient detail, especially in respect to treatment.

The text is in outline form. Throughout there runs a preventive trend that is admirable. In some instances even more emphasis would be valuable. Nursing technic has been well standardized. The danger of

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