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January 23, 2008

Obstetric Evidence Based GuidelinesWomen's Health and Disease: Gynecologic, Endocrine, and Reproductive Issues

JAMA. 2008;299(3):346-352. doi:10.1001/jama.299.3.347

A premature desire to generalize, an eagerness to arrive at conclusions, and a readiness to rest on them, are very common infirmities, and they offer very serious hindrances to the right acquisition of facts.—Peter Mere Latham (1789-1875), Lectures on Clinical Medicine, Lecture V

The major aim of Obstetric Evidence Based Guidelines, edited by Vincenzo Berghella, is “to summarize the best evidence available in obstetrics and maternal-fetal medicine literature, and make the result of randomized trials and meta-analyses easily accessible to guide clinical care.” To achieve this aim, the authors have written 30 short chapters on a variety of issues related to normal pregnancy, complicated pregnancies, and gynecologic issues affecting pregnancy. They also have used the US Preventive Services Task Force approach to classify their references according to the quality of the evidence presented. The major advantage of this text is that it provides guidelines for the management of commonly encountered obstetric issues in a single book. Furthermore, it is organized such that most chapters present key points as the lead paragraphs, enhancing its usefulness as a quick reference. As is true of most multiauthored texts, some chapters are better than others.