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May 10, 1952

Pratique obstétricale

JAMA. 1952;149(2):210. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.02930190112045

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This little book is very clearly written in simple French. It is short and concise. Its size precludes extensive discussions and the covering of controversial subjects.

In general, one can agree with the recommendations for the management of complicated obstetric cases presented by the author and with his clinical observation in various conditions. On the other hand, the reviewer cannot agree fully with all of the recommendations for management, such as when the author advises the Simpson method of manual removal of the placenta before delivery of the baby in placenta previa and also when he speaks of the necessity for doing a high or classical cesarean section instead of a low cervical cesarean in placenta previa. The blood pressure is not always elevated in eclampsia; some of the most serious cases may have a low blood pressure. In the treatment of hyperemesis gravidarum, the possible seriousness of the condition

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